bind over

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bind over (third-person singular simple present binds over, present participle binding over, simple past and past participle bound over)

  1. (law) To compel someone to do, or abstain from, a particular act.
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 48:
      In Middlesex, instead of being tried by jury, hundreds of suspected adulterers were instead bound over by magistrates – in other words, forced to end their alleged relationships, find respectable citizens to post bail for their good behviour, and appear in court to answer for their future conduct.