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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytie down
he/she/itties down
present participletying down
past tensetied down
past participletied down
  1. 1
    to stop someone from being free to do what they want

    I don't want a relationship that ties me down.

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  2. 2
    to force a group of soldiers to stay in one place

    A small rebel force is tying down thousands of government troops.

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