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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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as in: out of bounds; bounded on the east Define
a boundary or limit
  • First-years ought to know that the Forest in the grounds is out-of-bounds to students — and a few of our older students ought to know by now, too.
  • We’re not out of bounds; I specifically asked Professor Flitwick whether students were allowed to come in the Hog’s Head, and he said yes, but he advised me strongly to bring our own glasses.

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  • He looked down at his watch and was shocked to see it was already ten past nine, which meant they needed to get back to their common rooms immediately or risk being caught and punished by Filch for being out of bounds.

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  • The ball went out of bounds.
  • She stepped out of bounds, so the other team got the ball.

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  • He had seen those chains spring to life and bind whoever sat between them.
  • ’What can I do, Molly?’ said Tonks enthusiastically, bounding forwards.

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  • He stood up, straightened his glasses, and hitched a grin on to his face as Ron bounded back through the door.
  • They were bound to write back quickly; they couldn’t possibly ignore a Dementor attack.
  • When he sat gingerly on the edge of the chair the chains clinked threateningly, but did not bind him.
  • ’But if Voldemort’s trying to recruit more Death Eaters it’s bound to get out that he’s come back, isn’t it?’ asked Harry desperately.
  • ’We thought Dumbledore was bound to pick you!’ said George indignantly.
  • Bound to be, isn’t it?
  • Mrs Black’s portrait was howling with rage but nobody was bothering to close the curtains over her; all the noise in the hall was bound to rouse her again, anyway.
  • They were bound to clear you,’ said Hermione, who had looked positively faint with anxiety when Harry had entered the kitchen and was now holding a shaking hand over her eyes, ’there was no case against you, none at all.’

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  • He bounded forwards, pulled open the door and set off up the spiral staircase.
  • They then spent over an hour revising Summoning Charms, which according to Professor Flitwick were bound to come up in their OWL, and he rounded off the lesson by setting them their largest ever amount of Charms homework.
  • — the only remedy is to take the liver of a toad, bind it tight about your throat, stand naked at the full moon in a barrel of eels’ eyes —’
  • What were they going to do if the great black dog came bounding up the street towards them in Hogsmeade, perhaps under the nose of Draco Malfoy?
  • ’Get away,’ she snapped, waving her handbag at Fang, who had bounded up to her and was attempting to lick her face.
  • The figures of Tonks, Lupin, Moody and Mr and Mrs Weasley shrank rapidly but the black dog was bounding alongside the window, wagging its tail; blurred people on the platform were laughing to see it chasing the train, then they rounded a bend, and Sirius was gone.
  • The Hat feels itself honour-bound to give the school due warning whenever il feels — But Professor McGonagall, who was waiting to read out the list of first-years’ names, was giving the whispering students the sort of look that scorches.
  • ’Well, it was only your first one,’ she said consolingly, ’it’s bound to take time to —’
  • ’You thought I was bound to be rubbish?
  • ’Well, now he’s back it’s bound to hurt more often,’ said Sirius.
  • ’And just look at these books!’ said Hermione excitedly, running a finger along the spines of the large leather-bound tomes.
  • Please, Hagrid, teach us something dull that’s bound to come up in our OWL.’
  • ’We are honour-bound to give service to the present Headmaster of Hogwarts!’ cried a frail-looking old wizard whom Harry recognised as Dumbledore’s predecessor, Armando Dippet.
  • Partly ’em they don’ like wizards an’ we didn’ want ter put their backs up too soon, an’ partly ’em Dumbledore had warned us You-Know-Who was bound ter be after the giants an’ all.
  • One was bleeding badly; Dolohov, freed of the Body-Bind Curse, was leering, his wand pointing straight at Harrys face.
  • Snape was trying to get up, but the jinx was still operating on him; he was struggling, as though bound by invisible ropes.
  • Hermione said nothing at all for the rest of the lesson, but Harry had a shrewd suspicion that her self-restraint was bound to crack before long.
  • ’We’ll…’ said Harry, already bound by his promise.
  • Now, we need to keep students right away from her office while we force entry, or some Slytherins bound to go and tip her off.
  • He was bound by the enchantments of his kind, which is to say that he could not disobey a direct order from his master, Sirius.
  • There were no good hiding places nearby, she was bound to have heard his footsteps, and in any case, Harry could hardly muster the energy to avoid anyone at the moment.
  • Bound to be!
  • ’Yeah…’ Something finally slid back into place in his brain; Sirius, captured, bound and tortured, and he was staring at this archway… He took several paces back from the dais and wrenched his eyes from the veil.
  • Yes, I am sure you are surprised to hear this — no doubt you will say that Potter has always been Dumbledore’s favourite — but I feel bound to tell you that Dumbledore may not be in charge at Hogwarts much longer and the people who count have a very different — and probably more accurate — view of Potter’s behavior.
  • Harry could hear his voice echoing up through the floor in the cold drawing room where he was sitting alone, watching the sky growing whiter outside the windows, threatening snow, all the time feeling a savage pleasure that he was giving the others the opportunity to keep talking about him, as they were bound to be doing.
  • …phoenix Fawkes croaking feebly on the floor Then Harry’s scar burst open and he knew he was dead: it was pain beyond imagining, pain past endurance He was gone from the hall, he was locked in the coils of a creature with red eyes, so tightly bound that Harry did not know where his body ended and the creature’s began: they were fused together, bound by pain, and there was no escape And when the creature spoke, it used Harry’s mouth, so that in his agony he felt his jaw move ’Kill me…
  • …was pain beyond imagining, pain past endurance He was gone from the hall, he was locked in the coils of a creature with red eyes, so tightly bound that Harry did not know where his body ended and the creature’s began: they were fused together, bound by pain, and there was no escape And when the creature spoke, it used Harry’s mouth, so that in his agony he felt his jaw move ’Kill me now, Dumbledore…’ Blinded and dying, every part of him screaming for release, Harry felt the creature…
  • …Dumbledore — apparently satisfied that Harry was all right, and walking forwards so that the newcomers realised he was there for the first time (a few of them raised their wands; others simply looked amazed; the statues of the elf and goblin applauded and Fudge jumped so much that his slipper-clad feet left the floor) — ’you will find several escaped Death Eaters contained in the Death Chamber, bound by an Anti-Disapparation Jinx and awaiting your decision as to what to do with them.’

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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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