Bound up in
Bound Bound, p. p. & a. 1. Restrained by a hand, rope, chain, fetters, or the like. [1913 Webster]

2. Inclosed in a binding or cover; as, a bound volume. [1913 Webster]

3. Under legal or moral restraint or obligation. [1913 Webster]

4. Constrained or compelled; destined; certain; -- followed by the infinitive; as, he is bound to succeed; he is bound to fail. [1913 Webster]

5. Resolved; as, I am bound to do it. [Collog. U. S.] [1913 Webster]

6. Constipated; costive. [1913 Webster]

Note: Used also in composition; as, icebound, windbound, hidebound, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Bound bailiff} (Eng. Law), a sheriff's officer who serves writs, makes arrests, etc. The sheriff being answerable for the bailiff's misdemeanors, the bailiff is usually under bond for the faithful discharge of his trust.

{Bound up in}, entirely devoted to; inseparable from. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bound up in — (something) to be completely involved in or connected with something. These guys lives are completely bound up in baseball …   New idioms dictionary

  • bound up in — focusing on, to the exclusion of all else she was too bound up in her own misery to care that other people were hurt …   Useful english dictionary

  • bound up in something — bound up in (something) to be completely involved in or connected with something. These guys lives are completely bound up in baseball …   New idioms dictionary

  • be bound up in something — be bound up in/with/something phrase ideas, feelings, or issues that are bound up with each other are connected very closely, so that it is difficult to think of them separately His political philosophy was closely bound up with his religious… …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) bound up in something — be bound ˈup in sth idiom very busy with sth; very interested or involved in sth • He s too bound up in his work to have much time for his children. Main entry: ↑boundidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be bound up in — To be wholly devoted to or occupied with • • • Main Entry: ↑bind …   Useful english dictionary

  • bound up — adjective 1. closely or inseparably connected or associated with (Freq. 1) his career is bound up with the fortunes of the enterprise • Similar to: ↑related, ↑related to 2. deeply devoted to bound up in her teaching is wrapped up in his family …   Useful english dictionary

  • bound up — adj. (cannot stand alone) connected bound up in; with (bound up in one s work; her future is bound up with this firm) * * * [ baʊnd ʌp] with (bound up in one s work; her future is bound up with this firm) (cannot stand alone) [ connected ] bound… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bound up with — Closely linked with • • • Main Entry: ↑bound * * * bound up with (or in) closely connected with or related to democracy is bound up with a measure of economic and social equality …   Useful english dictionary

  • bound up involved wrapped up — committed committed adj. 1. Bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude. Opposite of {uncommitted}. Note: [Narrower terms: {bound up, involved, wrapped up}; {dedicated, devoted}; {pledged, sworn}] [WordNet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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