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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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kettle of fish

2 something that physically prevents free movement

  • the store owner held the would-be burglar in a makeshift bind until the police officers could arrive
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bind

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1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains

  • prisons tend to bind convicted criminals for transport
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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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