chain (someone or something) to (something)

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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 ?
The vividness of the thought checked him and for an infinitesimal fraction of a second his fingers closed again on the small object as though it had been the symbol of all these little habits that chain us to the weary round of life.
There is a need to change or discard some of our traditions and customs that chain us to the past.
It wasn't so long ago, during the era of cold wars and star wars and propaganda wars, when the threat we feared most was Reds under the bed desperate to chain us to the yoke and set the secret police on us.
I believe the UK should reconsider its whole approach to having a nuclear weapon as they chain us to the role of US poodle.
Ignorance not only leads to misunderstanding, it can chain us to our own beliefs at the expense of being prepared to understand anything else.
Dr Erdos rejects the conspiracy theory that the Government is deliberately trying to chain us to our desks, while the schools baby-sit.
The dynamics within our families can either catapult us to personal greatness or chain us to desperate dysfunction.
But this need not chain us to the conditions that brought them about (gradgrind capitalism, narrowly calculative reason, an ineffective bureaucratic state increasingly tied to the very economic powers it is supposed to regulate and curtail).