Translation of "tie sb down" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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tie sb down

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


[ M often passive ] to limit someone's freedom

He's tied down by having to work every Saturday. 他星期六都被工作拴住了。
We'd like to travel more, but having children at school really ties us down. 我们想去更多的地方旅游,可是上学的孩子们把我们拴住了。


to make someone give you a clear decision

I'll try to tie her down on her plans. 我会设法让她把计划确定下来。

(Translation of “tie sb down” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)