chain to

chain (someone or something) to (something)

To fasten or anchor something in place with chains. While this phrase is used literally in reference to objects, it can also be humorously or hyperbolically applied to people. Chain your bike to the rack so that no one steals it while you're shopping. I'm going to chain you to your desk if you don't sit down and work on your book report!
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chain something to something

to connect things together with chains. We chained all the bicycles to one another so no one could steal them. We will have to chain the lawn furniture to a tree if we leave it out while we are on vacation.
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References in classic literature ?
It was a part of the great system of granite mountains which forms one of the most important and striking features of North America, stretching parallel to the coast of the Pacific from the Isthmus of Panama almost to the Arctic Ocean; and presenting a corresponding chain to that of the Andes in the southern hemisphere.
As he talked Carthoris had been working at the lock which held my fetters, and now, with an exclamation of pleasure, he dropped the end of the chain to the floor, and I stood up once more, freed from the galling irons I had chafed in for almost a year.
At the next halt Hooja the Sly One managed to find enough slack chain to permit him to worm himself back quite close to Dian.
We have better visibility of what's in transit, better systems within our distribution centers, and better reliability on the part of the carriers, all of which enable the entire supply chain to become more efficient," says Chas Scheiderer, Senior Vice President of Logistics for Best Buy.
This is due to the fact that in order to break one link (backbone bond) of a network chain sufficient energy must be supplied to extend the entire chain to the breaking point.
For example, we are starting up an operation in China, and I went over there to see about setting up the supply chain to provide the kind of services that w ill be expected there.