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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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as in: I can't/must. I'm bound by... Define
tied up, prevented, or required
  • Say, I reckon your father’s poor, and I’m bound to say he’s in pretty hard luck.
  • It was the most astonishing speech I ever heard—and I’m bound to say Tom Sawyer fell considerable in my estimation.

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  • The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
  • The prisoner was gagged and bound.

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as in: south-bound lanes Define
travelling in a particular direction or to a specific location
  • "Wher’ you bound for, young man?"
  • We laid there all day, and watched the rafts and steamboats spin down the Missouri shore, and up-bound steamboats fight the big river in the middle.

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  • We fixed up a short forked stick to hang the old lantern on, because we must always light the lantern whenever we see a steamboat coming down-stream, to keep from getting run over; but we wouldn’t have to light it for up-stream boats unless we see we was in what they call a "crossing"; for the river was pretty high yet, very low banks being still a little under water; so up-bound boats didn’t always run the channel, but hunted easy water.

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  • There was an accident in the south-bound lanes.
  • The car broke down in an east-bound lane of the highway 10.

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as in: She's bound to succeed. Define
almost certain to; or determined to
  • If he was bound to have it so, I couldn’t help it.
  • It would only look like we was finding fault, and that would be bound to fetch more bad luck—and keep on fetching it, too, till we knowed enough to keep still.

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  • If you don’t hitch on to one tooth, you’re bound to on another, ain’t you?
  • So when he sees me getting the canoe ready, he says: "Well, then, if you re bound to go, I’ll tell you the way to do when you get to the village."
  • "Don t you what ME, you impudent thing—hand out them letters."
    "What letters?"
    "THEM letters. I be bound, if I have to take a-holt of you I’ll—"

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  • She’s bound to get into a good college.
  • This joke is bound to make them laugh.

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as in: bound together Define
held together (connected or united) or wrapped (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
  • Then I told her my father and mother was dead, and the law had bound me out to a mean old farmer in the country thirty mile back from the river, and he treated me so bad I couldn’t stand it no longer;

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  • The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
  • The glue binds the two layers together.

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as in: The deer bound across the trail. Define
to leap or jump
  • I clipped along, and all of a sudden I bounded right on to the ashes of a camp fire that was still smoking.

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  • She’s the sort of person who bounds out of bed in the morning and runs five miles before starting her day.
  • The deer bounded across the trail and into the woods.

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as in: south-bound lanes Define
travelling in a particular direction or to a specific location
as in: She's bound to succeed. Define
almost certain to; or determined to
as in: bound together Define
held together (connected or united) or wrapped (see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
as in: I can't/must. I'm bound by... Define
tied up, prevented, or required
as in: the binding is loose Define
something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
as in: It put me in a bind. Define
a difficult situation
as in: out of bounds; bounded on the east Define
a boundary or limit
as in: The deer bound across the trail. Define
to leap or jump
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