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[muhs-uh l-bound] /ˈmʌs əlˌbaʊnd/
having enlarged and inelastic muscles, as from excessive exercise.
rigid; inflexible:
musclebound rules.
Origin of musclebound
First recorded in 1875-80; muscle + -bound1 Unabridged
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  • And I'm glad to see your mind isn't as muscle-bound as your body.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • I'm not going to try and cure this planet full of muscle-bound sharpshooters.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • The man was not muscle-bound, after all, and he could drive a blow like a trip-hammer.

  • In the early months of the war our democratic processes were muscle-bound.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • It can dwarf a warm hand into a cold, hard, muscle-bound fist.

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    S. D. Gordon
  • The rigid school is muscle-bound, and lacks life and vitality.

  • He caught the thought—the breaking of Knell's muscle-bound rigidity.

British Dictionary definitions for muscle-bound


having overdeveloped and inelastic muscles
lacking flexibility
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Word Origin and History for muscle-bound

1879, from muscle (n.) + bound, past participle of bind (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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muscle-bound in Medicine

musclebound mus·cle·bound or mus·cle-bound (mŭs'əl-bound')
Having inelastic, overdeveloped muscles that function poorly together for concerted action.

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