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 for To keep within bounds
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bound \Bound\ (bound), n. [OE. bounde, bunne, OF. bonne, bonde,
     bodne, F. borne, fr. LL. bodina, bodena, bonna; prob. of
     Celtic origin; cf. Arm. bonn boundary, limit, and boden, bod,
     a tuft or cluster of trees, by which a boundary or limit
     could be marked. Cf. Bourne.]
     The external or limiting line, either real or imaginary, of
     any object or space; that which limits or restrains, or
     within which something is limited or restrained; limit;
     confine; extent; boundary.
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           He hath compassed the waters with bounds. --Job xxvi.
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           On earth's remotest bounds.              --Campbell.
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           And mete the bounds of hate and love.    --Tennyson.
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     To keep within bounds, not to exceed or pass beyond
        assigned limits; to act with propriety or discretion.
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     Syn: See Boundary.
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