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fasten down

To attach or connect something to something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fasten" and "down." Fasten that tile down before someone trips on it. I fastened down the car seat, so it shouldn't budge at all.
See also: down, fasten
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fasten something down (to something)

to attach something down to something else. Fasten this board down to the top of the workbench. Please fasten down the board.
See also: down, fasten
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Then he returned to his own tent, entered, fastened down the canvas, and crawled into his blankets.
The orifice in the plates of the Nautilus was first closed, and fastened down by means of a false key, with which Ned Land had provided himself; the opening in the boat was also closed.
At that time of the year, the ground on each side becomes a morass, and is often overflowed: hence it is necessary that the longitudinal logs should be fastened down by transverse poles, which are pegged on each side into the earth.
The great box was in the same place, close against the wall, but the lid was laid on it, not fastened down, but with the nails ready in their places to be hammered home.
The three islanders swarmed from the tiny forecastle, two of them leaping to the halyards and holding by a single turn, while the third fastened down the engineroom, companion and swung the ventilators around.
You see, it is not fastened down, only just laid there.
There have been some instances where the screw was not bearing on the receiver due to burrs in the screw hole and not securely fastened down. Inspect the sear and trigger for chips or other damage, such as signs of having been the source of someone's "trigger job." Check the trigger spring for signs of shortening and replace as necessary.
Ramoska has made sure they are not fastened down. They don't weigh much either because he wants them to be taken and placed wherever they are most needed and can be most helpful.
The mitre presented an additional challenge--creating a hat that, while retaining the look and details of the original, sits naturally on a teddy bear's fuzzy cranium, without having to be fastened down.
The human strain is exemplified by "Brink," which reads: "The sky a battered blue./ Surviving./ The city awake and looking around as if/ it felt a plate shift underground.// Because it's hard to forget where you are sometimes./ Because nothing here is fastened down./ Because the sky is pulled so tight it will soon tear/ and you'll see what I mean."
The deck openings were fastened down, the air, driven by a fan, roared through the fires and into the chimney, steam was pressed into the motors, and the vessel leaped forwards as a greyhound darts from the leash.
One support assistant said the girl's arms were "fastened down by her sides with the Sellotape around her more than once" and said she was taped to the chair for around 10 minutes.
Sheds aren't necessarily regarded as a fixture; it depends on how firmly they're fastened down. See your solicitor, and get a copy of the form completed and agreed by the seller.
Sheds aren't necessarily regarded as a fixture: it depends on how firmly they're fastened down. See your solicitor, and get a copy of the form completed and agreed by the seller.
"Those seats aren't fastened down," she sputtered, water streaming down her face.