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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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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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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

v.
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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Nonetheless,Rafa Benitezconfirmed in Friday's press conference that he expectsDubravkato joinNewcastleon a permanent basis and Given believes United will be tying him down for the best years of his career.
Tomkins attracted a pounds 4million bid from Newcastle earlier this month but the Hammers have moved to end any interest in their defender by tying him down until the summer of 2016.
The Mexico striker made a stunning impact after arriving in England last season, with 20 goals in all competitions, and United have now responded by tying him down to a long-term deal.
The county see it as equally important to hold on to hurling boss Eoin Garvey and they're confident of tying him down to a new deal when he returns from holiday.
"I think it was people outside of Keith suggesting he might move on, but I'm hopeful of tying him down."
During his stay, my father did have one fall and required a few stitches in his head, but this was far better than tying him down like an animal and stripping him of his dignity."
The French star's sky-high salary wish has stopped the Gunners from tying him down to a new deal as his current arrangement enters its last year.