Definition of hog-tie in English:



[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’
    • ‘Soon, he is hog-tied and lying in front of my dresser.’
    • ‘She hog-ties Robert at gunpoint and puts him on trial for his alleged crime.’
    • ‘Women from the cell block later recalled guessing what time it was according to how many people were hog-tied or hobbled.’
    • ‘She couldn't just ride out, hog-tie the terrorist, and lug him back.’
    • ‘As much as I'd like to hog-tie the guy and hand him over, all we really need is that notebook.’
    • ‘Tanj spent that first night, chained to the foot of his bed, tied tightly in a hog-tie.’
    • ‘Because if I see you even take one step out of that chair, I'm going to hog-tie you and gag you.’
    • ‘His hands and feet were hog-tied behind his back, and he was on his stomach.’
    • ‘‘I tend to remember people when they hog-tie me and throw me in a dungeon,’ she replied stoically.’
    • ‘They survived after being hog-tied and then abandoned.’
    • ‘They hog-tied Marty and left him on the ground and tied me to a tree.’
    • ‘When they show up they will be apprehended, hog-tied, and thrown into the ocean.’
    • ‘He was also hog-tied by several feet of hemp rope.’
    • ‘Then some of the football players roped and hog-tied them!’
    • ‘They'd crammed my hands into the same kind of manacles - too small for my wrists - also they'd hog-tied me: linking my wrist and ankle restraints behind my back with rope, then running another loop of cord up to my neck.’
    1. 1.1 Impede or hinder greatly.
      ‘the flood of regulations that are hog-tying our businesses’
      • ‘Or we could find our military, intelligence, and technical communities hog-tied by overly draconian measures for protecting information.’
      • ‘Third, you may be hog-tied by stringent local ordinances or agencies.’
      • ‘But the lack of communication between systems could hog-tie the company.’
      • ‘But competitors aren't necessarily similarly hog-tied by what may have worked in the past.’
      • ‘Many see this as an indictment of football today - an honest man, hog-tied by forces of reaction, ultimately rendered powerless.’