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binding
as in:  the binding is loose


The library buys books with a durable binding or rebinds them to make them stronger.
  something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
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  • The library buys books with a durable binding or rebinds them to make them stronger.
  • The book’s binding is coming loose.
  • My snowboard bindings came loose.
  • My ski bindings are too tight.

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  • She cut the bindings loose and looked at the wound.
  • She put a decorative binding around the hat.
  • He guided his arm to the Bible and his rubber-like left hand sought contact with the black binding.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Scrimgeour now pulled out of the bag a small book that looked as ancient as the copy of Secrets of the Darkest Art upstairs. Its binding was stained and peeling in places.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • As she walked home—without hurrying—she remembered her father saying to a serious ten-year-old Carol, "Lady, only a fool thinks he’s superior to beautiful bindings, but only a double-distilled fool reads nothing but bindings."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • She began to feel her body, grew aware of bindings on wrists and ankles, a gag in her mouth.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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  • There, in almost incestuously close juxtaposition, seven scrap-books of newspaper and magazine clippings had been bracketed, at the bindings, directly into the plaster.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He turned back to Hermione, raised the jagged rock, and began to hack at her bindings too At once, several pairs of strong gray hands seized him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • It was so pleasant to sit there looking up at her, as she lifted now one book and then another from the shelves, fluttering the pages between her fingers, while her drooping profile was outlined against the warm background of old bindings, that he talked on without pausing to wonder at her sudden interest in so unsuggestive a subject.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Entering the office I found myself face to face with a young woman who looked up from her desk as I glanced swiftly over the large light room, over the comfortable chairs, the ceiling-high bookcases with gold and leather bindings, past a series of portraits and back again, to meet her questioning eyes.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Delicately handling the beautiful satin bindings, Emma looked with dazzled eyes at the names of the unknown authors, who had signed their verses for the most part as counts or viscounts.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He never read them, for he had long lost the habit of reading, but he liked to turn the pages, look at the illustrations if they were illustrated, and mend the bindings.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • She’d almost gotten used to the walls of books with leather bindings and paper pages that crackled when you leafed through.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • I return again to the empty reading room, my head spinning as I turn on my heels, a blur of the books’ leather bindings floor to ceiling, the stained-glass lamp I bought in Venice, the carpet from Constantinople-all these and more I would trade in a beat of the heart for even a sign that my child has been spared, never mind what I would surrender for the child herself-this mother’s life in an instant!
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • (Don’t go near that place … steer right clear.) His snowshoe bindings were as tight as they were ever going to be.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • A couple of glazed book-cases were here, containing standard works in stout gilt bindings.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Behind him, the data banks were still, and certain rare records filled the long, high bookshelves with their colorful bindings and the air with their musty smells.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • They’d tied a tow-rope to his bindings, and no fewer than a hundred black bats were successfully pulling him along the ground.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • She instinctively struggled against the restraints around her wrists-as was the custom, they were only loose bindings hastily tied to prevent an episode at the last moment on the platform.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • "Okay," my father said, after distributing stakes and bindings to ail of us.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • In the Middle Ages, thousands of books were destroyed when people cut up their bindings to make soles for shoes or to heat steam baths with their paper.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Perhaps the numerous bindings were the reason the emotions were so vivid.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Leather bindings snapped and cracked, paper blackened, wooden floorboards and shelves turned dry and powdery.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • "It was the bindings what done it," said Clowes.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • People were unfastening my bindings and collecting my ski poles from where they poked skyward, askew, in their separate snowbanks.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • AH the books seemed to be in Hebrew or Yiddish, and many of them were very old and in their original bindings.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • He was a very gentle and gracious youth, with what are called cultivated tastes—an acquaintance with old china, with good wine, with the bindings of books, with the Almanach de Gotha, with the best shops, the best hotels, the hours of railway-trains.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Had any of the bindings been recently meddled with, it would have been utterly impossible that the fact should have escaped observation.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • The police often check the bindings for money to steal, the migrants say, but usually hand the Bibles back.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Although her bindings had come loose, her tiny feet made her body sway pleasantly, her shoes like little bridges.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • He knew the good male smell of his father’s sitting-room; of the smooth worn leather sofa, with the gaping horse-hair rent; of the blistered varnished wood upon the hearth; of the heated calf-skin bindings; of the flat moist plug of apple tobacco, stuck with a red flag; of wood-smoke and burnt leaves in October; of the brown tired autumn earth; of honey-suckle at night; of warm nasturtiums; of a clean ruddy farmer who comes weekly with printed butter, eggs and milk; of fat limp…
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Her brother ran a finger down the long shelf of cracked leather bindings and old dusty tomes.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • "It’s the papervine bindings on the Grandfathers," Mau said.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • POWER "Chelsea is trying to break our bindings," Edward whispered.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Fowlson’s fingers work to loosen my bindings, but the blindfold remains in place.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • I took the volumes down, leafed them, looked over the bindings, put them under my arm, and with fair ease made my way to the Wabash Avenue door.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Reverend Verringer has been standing among his leather bindings, but moves forward to welcome Simon.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Li Van Hgoc slumped against the bindings.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • He was a very gentle and gracious youth, with what are called cultivated tastes—an acquaintance with old china, with good wine, with the bindings of books, with the Almanach de Gotha, with the best shops, the best hotels, the hours of railway-trains.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The library (in Latin and Spanish) of the San Antonio Mission was thrown into a granary, where the rats ate off the sheepskin bindings.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • She liked the combined smell of worn leather bindings, library paste and freshly inked stamping pads better than she liked the smell of burning incense at high mass.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The shabby law office in which they sat—the high, dark walls of legal books as patient and indifferent as a well gone dry or an old philosopher writing his will, their bindings glossy and old as the County (older than W. B. Hodge Sr by three generations, stamped Taggert V. Hodge, Batavia, N.Y.), deep-toned as oil paintings, cracked like bamboo, solemn and superannuated as the engraving of the Roman Colosseum hanging above the door—made Hodge and son insignificant creatures of the…
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • There were thousands of brown books in leather bindings, some chained to the book-shelves and others propped against each other as if they had had too much to drink and did not really trust themselves.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • There was an ancient, knowing wisdom to the eyes— something deeply unsettling about the way they wandered over Max’s face and bindings.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Once his gag had been removed, he howled while Max set him gently on the ground and carefully removed his bindings.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
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