bound up in (something)

bound up in (something)

Fully immersed in or preoccupied with something. I'm going to stay late at the office tonight because I'm bound up in researching this case. I haven't seen Kate in a while because she's bound up in play rehearsals.
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bound up in

Also, bound up with. Deeply or inextricably involved in. For example, Obviously the candidate was bound up with the negotiations on the party platform, or She is bound up in her church activities. This usage appears in the Bible (Genesis 44:30): "His life is bound up in the lad's life." [Late 1500s]
See also: bound, up
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