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Bound to be equally matched (4)


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This could be a double definition.

'bound' is the first definition.
('tie' can be a synonym of 'bind')

'equally matched' is the second definition.
'tied' can be an answer for 'matched' (thesaurus). I am not sure about the 'equally' bit.

'to be' is the link.

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(Other definitions for tied that I've seen before include "Bound; placed equal" , "Bound to diet" , "In no-win situation" , "Drawn" , "Bound or secured" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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