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tie (one) down

To constrain, restrict, impede, or limit one's ability to do something or go somewhere. I would love to try something different, but my career has really tied me down. I just don't think my experience applies to any other profession. The company is trying to tie us down with appeals and injunctions to keep the lawsuit from reaching a court. Once you're tied down with kids, travel anywhere becomes extremely difficult.
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tie someone or something down

to fasten someone or something down by tying or binding. The robbers tied Gary down so he couldn't get up and get away. They tied down Gary.
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tie someone down (to someone or something)

Fig. to encumber something with someone or something; to make someone responsible to or for someone or something. Please don't tie me down to your uncle. Let your sister help out. Yes, don't tie me down all week.
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tie down

Constrain, confine, or limit, as in As long as the children were small, she was too tied down to look for a job. [Late 1600s]
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tie down

1. To fix or hold someone or something in place with a cord, rope, or strap: We tied down the deck chairs so they wouldn't blow away. I tied the luggage down so that it wouldn't fall off the roof of the car.
2. To restrict someone or something in movement: Our new baby has really tied us down—we haven't eaten out for dinner in months. The rebels have tied down the government troops in the mountains, leaving the capital vulnerable to attack. I'd like to travel more, but unfortunately, I'm tied down with a job.
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The solution also incorporates a database which holds all of the current and future Tie Down Schemes and slinging solutions, with a user friendly search facility and easy reference summary of the key information specific to each item, available to MOD users over the secure MOD intranet.
Wenger will be keen to tie down the backbone of his team on long-term deals.
If for some reason you don't have the sight cases, pad the truck bed with something like a mattress and tie down the sights so they can't move.
Councilman Frank Quintero said the auction would be a wonderful opportunity to tie down 20 acres in the Verdugos next to the old Oakmont property the city already purchased.
We've had a lot of fun in that boat,'' Jean said, ``but we couldn't justify the cost of the tie down when we aren't able to use it much anymore.
The Air National Guard area - which could have been used for space to tie down hundreds of light planes and lower tie-down fees - has been designated ``non-airport development.
the installation of new apron tie downs will include the excavation and placement of new tie-down anchors at several existing tie-down locations to make the tie-down configurations more accessible for smaller aircraft.