Definition of hog-tie in English:

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[with object] North American
1Secure (a person or animal) by fastening the hands and feet or all four feet together: they gagged him and hog-tied him to the front pew
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  • He was also hog-tied by several feet of hemp rope.
  • Because if I see you even take one step out of that chair, I'm going to hog-tie you and gag you.
  • Women from the cell block later recalled guessing what time it was according to how many people were hog-tied or hobbled.
1.1Impede or hinder greatly: the flood of regulations that are hog-tying our businesses
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  • Many see this as an indictment of football today - an honest man, hog-tied by forces of reaction, ultimately rendered powerless.
  • Third, you may be hog-tied by stringent local ordinances or agencies.
  • But competitors aren't necessarily similarly hog-tied by what may have worked in the past.
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