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bind

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1 a difficult, puzzling, or embarrassing situation from which there is no easy escape
  • With our vacation week fast approaching, and no arrangements for the care of our pets, we were in a serious bind.
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2 something that physically prevents free movement
  • The burglar was held in a makeshift bind until the law officers could arrive.
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bind

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1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains
  • The prisoner was bound by the wrists.
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2 to cover with a bandage
  • Bind the wound to stop the bleeding.
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3 to gather into a tight mass by means of a line or cord
  • Bind the asparagus spears carefully before packing the bunches.
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