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 for To tie down
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tie \Tie\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied(Obs. Tight); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Tying.] [OE. ti?en, teyen, AS. t[imac]gan,
     ti['e]gan, fr. te['a]g, te['a]h, a rope; akin to Icel. taug,
     and AS. te['o]n to draw, to pull. See Tug, v. t., and cf.
     Tow to drag.]
     1. To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. "Tie the
        kine to the cart." --1 Sam. vi. 7.
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              My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake
              not the law of thy mother: bind them continually
              upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
                                                    --Prov. vi.
                                                    20,21.
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     2. To form, as a knot, by interlacing or complicating a cord;
        also, to interlace, or form a knot in; as, to tie a cord
        to a tree; to knit; to knot. "We do not tie this knot with
        an intention to puzzle the argument." --Bp. Burnet.
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     3. To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold.
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              In bond of virtuous love together tied. --Fairfax.
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     4. To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as
        by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to
        confine.
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              Not tied to rules of policy, you find
              Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. --Dryden.
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     5. (Mus.) To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved
        line, or slur, drawn over or under them.
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     6. To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even
        with.
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     To ride and tie. See under Ride.
  
     To tie down.
        (a) To fasten so as to prevent from rising.
        (b) To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action.
  
     To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion
        or action.
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