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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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tied down

Fig. restricted by responsibilities. I love my home, but sometimes I don't like being tied down. I don't feel tied down, even though I have a lot of responsibility.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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PETERBOROUGH United owner Darragh MacAnthony admits star playmaker Marcus Maddison would be a fantastic signing for Huddersfield Town - but hopes to tie him down to the Posh in the near future.
But Spurs have moved to tie him down for an additional year and are believed to be keen to agree a new long-term deal.
The striker's current deal expires in June 2020 and Leeds are keen to tie him down with new terms.
United are eager to tie him down for another four years, despite him failing to fulfil his potential since becoming the most expensive teenager in history when signing from Southampton for PS27m in 2014.
"There is no reason why he can't keep improving and with him being 29 the next three years will see the best years of him so they should tie him down.
Dutch star van Dijk was playing when Tierney came on for his debut in April 2015 and the Southampton defender said: "He's been doing very well and Celtic are smart to tie him down for the next six years.
"We'll do our best to try and tie him down," Bruce said.
He lives without the constraints of borders, with nothing to tie him down, only a deep desire to discover the world.
This season he has proved his problems are well behind him and Villa are ready to tie him down.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Premier League-winning captain agreed to terms that tie him down to the club for what would become more than a 10-year spell at the Etihad Stadium by their end.
The Slovakian keeper signed a short term deal in October which ends next month but Saints boss Lennon wants to tie him down on a longer contract.
The 20-year-old has been one of the breakthrough stars of the Premier League season and the Baggies are keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal.
If they valued Ledley's services that highly, especially as this was barely a few months after he had scored the goal to reach our first FA Cup final appearance in 81 years, then they should have moved heaven and earth to tie him down to a contract.
NEWCASTLE chairman Chris Mort is ready to sit down with derby hero Michael Owen and attempt to tie him down to a new deal.
The files say the astronaut's crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquillisers, talking nicely to him all the time.