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English definition of “tie sb down”

tie sb down

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

(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.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding

(GET DECISION)

to make someone give you a clear decision: I'll try to tie her down on her plans.Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning
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