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