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Tie down   /taɪ daʊn/   Listen
Tie down

verb
1.
Secure with or as if with ropes.  Synonyms: bind, tie up, truss.  "Tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"
2.
Restrain from independence by an obligation.






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"Tie down" Quotes from Famous Books



... give an enduring form to what is false or pernicious. It has often been remarked, with a kind of superstitious wonder, that poems of an immoral character never live long; but the reason is, that it is the characteristic of immorality to tie down man in the chains of the senses, and this shews that it has nothing in common with the spiritual nature of poetry. For the same reason, a poem based upon atheism, although it might attract attention for a time, ...
— Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 443 - Volume 17, New Series, June 26, 1852 • Various

... half hour Vincent had to bring the boat's head up to the wind, lower the lug, and tie down the ...
— With Lee in Virginia - A Story of the American Civil War • G. A. Henty

... to a higher retribution—to One who says, 'Vengeance is mine.' I believe him to be guilty of the murder but if the uplifting of my finger would send him to his disgraceful death, I would tie down my hand rather than lift it, for I could not, in my own mind, separate the man from the injury. Though I might ostensibly pursue him as the destroyer of Hallijohn, to me he would appear ever as the destroyer of another, and the world, always charitable, would congratulate ...
— East Lynne • Mrs. Henry Wood

... have seen them that night, in their little woodland home; really, it was quite attractive. They worked like beavers all day—cutting away the brush, driving stakes to tie down the little white tent, digging a trench all around in case of rain, and building a fire-place of stone, with a tall, forked stick on which to hang the kettle. A long board, under the ...
— Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad • Various

... space they would suffer not being of eternity and infinity. And this suffering, this passion, what is it but the passion of God in us? God who suffers in us from our temporariness and finitude, that divine suffering will burst all the puny bonds of logic with which they try to tie down their puny memories and their puny hopes, the illusion of their past and ...
— Rosinante to the Road Again • John Dos Passos



Words linked to "Tie down" :   secure, fix, faggot, confine, faggot up, chain up, hold, truss, oblige, hog-tie, fagot, obligate, fasten, tie up, restrain



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