Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

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.

(GET DECISION)

to make someone give you a clear decision: I'll try to tie her down on her plans.
(Definition of tie sb down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tie sb down?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tie sb down” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More