phrasal verb → bind If someone is bound over by a court or a judge, they are given an order and must do as the order says for a particular period of time. [law] ⇒ On many occasions demonstrators were bound over to keep the peace. [V n P] ⇒ They put us in a cell, and the next day some bumbling judge bound us over. [V P n] ⇒ This imposes a duty on courts to bind over parents when they have no control over their children.
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