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as in:  I can’t/must. I’m bound by...


The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
  tied up, prevented, or required
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When someone says "I’m bound to say...," they are saying that they feel required to say what they are about to say even if it makes others uncomfortable.
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  • The suspect sat in the cell with her wrists bound by rope.
  • The prisoner was gagged and bound.
  • It is a binding contract.
  • A lawyer is bound by fiduciary duty to act in her client’s interest.

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  • The new president said she is not bound by her predecessor’s policy.
  • We are bound by treaty to come to their defense if they are invaded.
  • He is muscle bound.
  • Shipping in that area is ice-bound this time of year.
  • She is duty bound to try to help us.
  • Unlike pledged delegates, bound delegates are legally required to vote for the candidate they were elected to represent.

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  • Say, I reckon your father’s poor, and I’m bound to say he’s in pretty hard luck.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • ...bound in chains and left to die in the basement...
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Meanwhile we bind him, but in such a way that in case of attack he can be released at once.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The I.F. could do it, even if the American government was constitutionally bound not to.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Harry struggled against the ropes binding him, but they didn’t give.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • DOBBY’S is a houseelf bound to serve one house and one family forever .
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The moment she had sat down, chains clinked out of the arms of the chair and bound her there.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • They’ll loudly talk of Christ’s reward,
    And bind his image with a cord,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Between the inner hand and the wood was a crucifix, the set of beads on which it was fastened being around both wrists and wheel, and all kept fast by the binding cords.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Now draw yourselves up like men and help me, as you are bound by Heaven to do.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • We hope they’ll be strong enough both to keep him out and to bind his tongue if he tries to talk about the place, but we can’t be sure.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • His companion, unable to see who had cast the spell, fired another at Ron: Shining black ropes flew from his wand-tip and bound Ron head to foot —
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The law binds me, John, I cannot budge.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • "Did I?" muttered Harry, tugging at the chains binding her arms, "Well, I’ve had a change of heart."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Bind them up with the other two prisoners!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • ELIZABETH: Who accused me?
    MARY WARREN: I am bound by law, I cannot tell it.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • —fortunate for a large circle of friends and acquaintances, whose sympathy and affection he has strongly secured by the many sufferings he has endured, by his virtuous traits of character, by his ever-abiding remembrance of those who are in bonds, as being bound with them!
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Someone yanked Harry up by the hair, dragged him a short way, pushed him down into a sitting position, then started binding him back-to-back with other people.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • We were often in the field from the first approach of day till its last lingering ray had left us; and at saving-fodder time, midnight often caught us in the field binding blades.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I am not the only slave in the world. Why should I fret? I can bear as much as any of them. Besides, I am but a boy, and all boys are bound to some one.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • ...Greyback was wondering whether he had just indeed just attacked and bound the son of a Ministry Official.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "But then, that’s the Weasley boy!" shouted Lucius, striding around the bound prisoners to face Ron.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I laughed, it was not a very cheerful laugh, I am bound to say, as I motioned him to keep it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Craning around, he caught sight of their fellow prisoners: Dean and Griphook the goblin, who seemed barely conscious, kept standing by the ropes that bound him to the humans.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He clapped his hands once, and the ropes binding Harry fell off.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Did you bind yourself to the Devil’s service?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • ...and Ron, appearing suddenly at the end of the aisle, shot a full Body-Bind Curse at Crabbe, which narrowly missed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Harry, still cheering, nudged Ron in the ribs and pointed at Malfoy, who couldn’t have looked more stunned and horrified if he’d just had the Body-Bind Curse put on him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • As for Harry and Ron, their legs had already been bound tightly in long creepers without their noticing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • It was the most astonishing speech I ever heard—and I’m bound to say Tom Sawyer fell considerable in my estimation.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Haven’t you noticed how none of the spells you put on them are binding?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He turned: Hagrid was bound and trussed, tied to a tree nearby.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • One Horcrux remained to bind Voldemort to the earth, even after Harry had been killed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • In one swift, fluid motion, Neville broke free of the Body-Bind Curse upon him;
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • DANFORTH: And you bound yourself to his service?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Professor McGonagall waved her wand again, and a length of shimmering silver rope appeared out of thin air and snaked around the Carrows, binding them tightly together.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Dean made the most of the Death Eater’s momentary distraction, knocking him out with a stunning Spell; Dolohov attempted to retaliate, and Parvati shot a Body Bind Curse at him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The man at whom he was pointing was suspended upside down in midair, though there were no ropes holding him; he swung there, invisibly and eerily bound, his limbs wrapped about him, his terrified face, on a level with Harry’s, ruddy due to the blood that had rushed to his head.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • ...said, as it was of the ancient scribes and Pharisees, "They bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers."
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • She pointed her wand at the Carrows, and a silver net fell upon their bound bodies, tied itself around them, and hoisted them into the air, where they dangled beneath the blue-and-gold ceiling like two large, ugly sea creatures.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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