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tie sb down

informal
phrasal verb with tie uk   us   /taɪ/ verb (present participle tying, past tense and past participle tied)

(LIMIT)

[M often passive] to limit someone's freedom: He's tied down by having to work every Saturday. We'd like to travel more, but having children at school really ties us down.

(GET DECISION)

to make someone give you a clear decision: I'll try to tie her down on her plans.
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