bonds vs bounds :

bonds or bounds

In expressions like “beyond the bounds of credibility” and “beyond the bounds of decency” the word “bounds” is short for “boundaries,” and means “limits.” Many people transform these sayings by substituting “bonds” for “bounds,” evidently thinking of people straining against restraints, even going so far as to speak of the bonds of credibility being stretched or broken. This usage makes a sort of sense, but it is not traditional.

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Definitions

  • n  the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
  • n  a line determining the limits of an area
  • n  the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
  • n  the greatest possible degree of something
    what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior
  • n  a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  • v  move forward by leaps and bounds
  • v  form the boundary of; be contiguous to
  • v  place limits on (extent or access)
  • v  spring back; spring away from an impact
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  • Woods matches worst score in a major
    Tiger Woods went out-of-bounds on his second tee shot of the final round at Merion and closed with a 4-over 74. That gave him his worst 72-hole score as a pro in the U.S. Open, and it tied for his high score in any major.
    June 17, 2013 - KING5 Seattle
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    Steve Stricker reacts after hitting a ball out of bounds from the second hole tee during the final day of the U.S. Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
    June 17, 2013 - Connecticut Post
  • Sunday's U.S. Open notebook: Tiger Woods shatters worst-score record
    Woods went out-of-bounds on his second tee shot of the final round at Merion and closed with a 4-over 74. That gave him his worst 72-hole score as a pro in the U.S. Open, and it tied for his high score in any major
    June 17, 2013 - Detroit News