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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.
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fasten down to (something)

To attach or connect something to something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fasten" and "down." Fasten that tile down to the floor before someone trips on it.
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fasten (up)on

1. Literally, to attach or connect something to something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fasten" and "on." I fastened a name tag upon my shirt and walked into the auditorium.
2. By extension, to focus one's attention on someone or something. Luckily, the baby fastened upon the music and stopped crying within minutes.
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fasten (someone, something, or oneself) to (someone or something)

To attach or connect someone, something, or oneself to something else. Fasten that tile to the floor before someone trips on it. I fastened a name tag to my shirt and walked into the auditorium. Please use your seatbelt to fasten yourself to your seat before the ride begins.
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fasten up

To secure or close something, as by using buttons, zippers, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fasten" and "up." It's freezing today, so be sure to fasten up your coat.
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fasten someone or something (on)to someone or something

to attach people or things together. He fastened himself onto the mast of the boat with a length of rope. I fastened a note onto Jimmy, so his kindergarten teacher would read it and remind him to wear his gloves home.
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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.
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fasten something up

to close something up, using buttons, a zipper, snaps, hooks, a clasp, or other things meant to hold something closed. Please fasten this up for me. I can't reach the zipper. Please fasten up my buttons in back.
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fasten (up)on someone or something

 
1. Lit. to take firm hold of someone or something. She fastened upon me and would not let me go until she finished speaking. I don't like people who fasten on me and ask a lot of questions.
2. Fig. to fix one's attention on someone or something. He fastened upon the picture for a brief moment and then turned away. The baby fastened on the television screen and watched it for many minutes.
See also: fasten, on
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"When I ask them why they don"t have their seat belt fastened, some of them get offended, but this is only for their own safety," explained Jamal.
He was unaware that the regulations have changed and said in the future he will tell his passengers to fasten their seat belts.
"I ask my passengers to fasten their belts, but sometimes they get angry and tell me that this is not my business," explained Hemn Hadi, a taxi driver in Erbil.
A driver who had reluctantly fastened his seat belt was playing with the belt and drawing it in and out and saying "I can't understand the use of this belt and how can this protect my life when I have an accident." Although the driver has been driving a taxi for three years, he did not seem to know how the seat belt works during an accidents, automatically locking to prevent the driver from being thrown through the windshield.
Although they can be fastened with nails, self-tapping deck screws installed with a power driver are easier to use and can be removed if necessary.
To guide it, tack (fasten temporarily with a partly sunk nail) a straight board with one edge that's half the width of the saw's foot plate from the cut line.
Fasten jack and outer studs together (flat sides facing each other); use four 12d nails or 2 1/2" screws.
Fasten paired studs to sleeper and upper horizontal frame member with holed-metal truss plates on both sides
Fasten header boards together and then to studs using truss plates.
After fastening header boards to studs, fasten them to sheathing every 4".
Fasten border/frame to door planks from the inside with drywall screws long enough so they don't quite pierce outer trim boards.
Fasten trim to sheathing, inner edges 1/4" from edges of door.
Frame doors individually and fasten Z-braces angling down from inner latch to outside hinge sides in a pyramid configuration.
Outside, fasten a 1 x 4 closing strip along inner edge of right-hand door so it juts out 1 1/2" to overlap and close the left-hand door.
Fasten trim boards around doors, and hinge both doors.