tied down


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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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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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References in classic literature ?
I lay all this while, as the reader may believe, in great uneasiness: at length, struggling to get loose, I had the fortune to break the strings, and wrench out the pegs that fastened my left arm to the ground; for, by lifting it up to my face, I discovered the methods they had taken to bind me, and at the same time with a violent pull, which game me excessive pain, I a little loosened the strings that tied down my hair on the left side, so that I was just able to turn my head about two inches.
Several distinguished doctors have remonstrated against the influence of this second nature, both savage and civilized, on the moral being vegetating in those dreadful pens called bureaus, where the sun seldom penetrates, where thoughts are tied down to occupations like that of horses who turn a crank and who, poor beasts, yawn distressingly and die quickly.
They needed them for something else, and the dogs knew it; and though they were tied down and fed by hand, their eyes were full of despair and fear.
Washington, August 8 ( ANI ): A new research has found that men overrate their adversary's size and underrate their own, if they are at a disadvantage, like being tied down, in combat.
wmd I have asked him why he won't marry me and he tells me he doesn't want to be tied down and that he doesn't have the money for a wedding.
I have asked him why he won't marry me and he tells me he doesn't want to be tied down and doesn't have the money for a wedding but we both work and have our own house.
Hollyscoop caught up with the Chris Pine at CinemaCon and had to know firsthand if we can keep planning a wedding with him and daydreaming about starting a family, or if he's already tied down to a chick.
The threat to Americans' security ranged from the here and now with troops in Afghanistan and Iraq tied down by their reliance on gas-guzzling equipment to years into the future when extreme temperatures and rising sea levels could lead to a widespread social breakdown.
With the tarp in between these two parts, it's now locked solidly to the Grabbit, allowing tile tarp to be tied down any way you want.
All cargo must be tied down with straps running side-to-side, but most trailers used to haul grapes are not so equipped.
The recorder makes sure we have accurately tied down all the variables.
Gretchen tries to stretch her wings, but she's tied down by everything else going on in her life--her crush on the boy who doesn't notice her, her best friend's constant busyness, and most of all, the separation of her parents.
The items were palletized, and all the pallets were tied down to the trailer for the move, but all the pallets were not properly banded.
He loves her, but doesn't want to get tied down while Tina wants more commitment.
You might find you like being tied down by someone of your own