Definition of tie in English:



  • 1with object and usually with adverbial Attach or fasten (someone or something) with string or similar cord.

    ‘they tied Max to a chair’
    ‘her long hair was tied back in a bow’
    • ‘I had talked Everly into tying her luxurious dark hair into a messy ponytail which I promised would not get messed under the buggy helmet.’
    • ‘The belay line they were attached to was not tied down to the deck either.’
    • ‘I unlocked the dorm door and stepped outside, tying my unruly red hair up.’
    • ‘He had reddish brown hair that was tied back with a red bandana.’
    • ‘The father was calm and had long black hair that was tied back.’
    • ‘She had long hair, which was tied back in a ponytail and she had facial piercings or facial jewellery.’
    • ‘I can get up and leave the room as long as you are tied to that chair over there.’
    • ‘She tied the string attached the sheath to her belt and looked back into the crate.’
    • ‘Sandy Cadway laughed, tying her wavy blonde hair up into a messy ponytail.’
    • ‘Cassie had luxurious brownish-black hair, which was tied back into a bouncy ponytail.’
    • ‘She had dark red hair that was tied up behind her head.’
    • ‘He tied Charcoal's leading cord to the tree, and she gave him a disapproving gaze.’
    • ‘I was tied to a spiked rock, and I couldn't struggle free.’
    • ‘She was tied to a chair while they made off, on foot, with the cash.’
    • ‘He had blue eyes and blond hair that was tied back.’
    • ‘I stifled a yawn as Rheena came rushing towards me, tying her long brown hair in a bun, similar to mine.’
    • ‘That's when she realized she was tied to the chair.’
    • ‘Many knots and strings tied the clothes together and kept them in place.’
    • ‘His girlfriend has dark shoulder length hair which was tied back and wore a shiny blue overcoat.’
    • ‘Outside the gale howled, the rain lashed and the wind chimes clattered in spite of being tied up with string.’
    bind, tie up, tether, hitch, strap, truss, fetter, rope, chain, make fast, moor, lash, attach, fasten, fix, secure, join, connect, link, couple
    bind, tie, tether, hitch, strap, truss, fetter, rope, chain, make fast, moor, lash, attach, fasten, fix, secure
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    1. 1.1 Fasten (something) to or around someone or something by means of its strings or by forming the ends into a knot or bow.
      ‘Lewis tied on his apron’
      • ‘He wore some sort of leather strapped over a filthy wool shirt, and around his head was tied a strip of cloth that might have originally been green silk.’
      • ‘Then tie a piece of string around one end of the roll and knot firmly.’
      • ‘Vincent slashed the string that was tied around Audrey's hair.’
      • ‘Cutting off the sleeve, I tore it into one large strip, and tied it around my wound.’
      • ‘As usual, he wore his long, straight colourless hair down, and tied a blue designed headband around his head.’
      • ‘I hung my backpack under my name tag and took an apron, tying it with more force than was intended.’
      • ‘I unrolled the bandage and started tying it around her head.’
      • ‘After cutting them into strips, he tied them around his legs.’
      • ‘She felt a ragged strip of cloth being tied around the back of her head.’
      • ‘The red fluid slowly stopped, and she tied some bandage cloths around her to prevent further bleeding.’
      • ‘I leaned down and worked to undo the cords that had been tied around her wrists.’
      • ‘She tore two strips off the clean partitions of the bandage and tied them around the bridges of her feet.’
      • ‘Alexia reached for the apron and tied it around herself with some difficulty.’
      • ‘He bandaged her wounds and tied them tight to stop the bleeding.’
      • ‘‘Much obliged,’ I said, putting on the apron and tying a scarf around my head.’
      • ‘Then he tore off a long strip and tied it about his forehead in order to disguise the red marking.’
      • ‘The easiest way to practice this knot is to try tying pieces of string to a nail.’
      • ‘Her deep sleeved robe of pure white was tied with golden cords around her petite waist, the light, airy hem of her skirt danced around her ankles as she reached them.’
      • ‘A strip of cloth was tied around his right shin, presumably to hold the bottom of his pants together from a rather large tear.’
      • ‘How about reaching up your back from behind as if you wanted to fasten some buttons or tie an apron on?’
    2. 1.2 Form (a string, ribbon, or lace) into a knot or bow.
      ‘Rick bent to tie his shoelaces’
      • ‘I called for some water and bent down to tie my shoelace.’
      • ‘At their Dallas home, a friend has tied 100 yellow ribbons around front-yard trees.’
      • ‘However, he still suffers co-ordination problems with his left hand making it difficult for him to tie shoelaces and fasten buttons, and is a bit slower when giving answers to questions.’
      • ‘I sit on the edge of the bed, and pull on my black Vans, tying the hot pink shoelaces.’
      • ‘Without bothering to dry her hair she loosely braided it and tied a black ribbon at the bottom.’
      • ‘As well as these basic manners, youngsters are not being shown skills like how to sit still, to tie shoelaces and fasten buttons.’
      • ‘The tone of his voice suggested that he was talking to a feeble-minded minion who couldn't be trusted to tie his or her own shoe laces.’
      • ‘Make certain you wear shoes suitable for climbing and working on a ladder, and that the shoe laces are tied.’
      • ‘Jocelyn slipped her arms through the short sleeves and Sylvie told her to hold still while she tied the golden ribbon lacing up the back; it ended with a bow at her waist.’
      • ‘I finished tying the ribbons into a bow under her chin.’
      • ‘I quickly bent down to tie the bothersome laces and walked back to my desk, leaving Greg to put away the rest of the equipment.’
      • ‘Just as she finished tying the last of the ribbons, she heard a knock on the door.’
      • ‘Soon enough, her hair was braided, and Lucia was tying the ribbon into a bow.’
      • ‘Chastity bent down to tie her shoelace, and after succeeding in making it into a perfect bow, she looked up and examined the locker room.’
      • ‘She quickly braided her hair and tied a white ribbon at the end, grabbing a matching straw bonnet before heading downstairs to join her husband for breakfast.’
    3. 1.3 Form (a knot or bow) by tying.
      ‘tie a knot in one end of the cotton’
      • ‘The final part provides diagrams showing just how to tie those 85 knots.’
      • ‘A characteristic of a quality tie is one that has been cut across the fabric so that it allows the tie to fall straightforward after the knot has been tied.’
      • ‘You may decide that the knots need to be tied tighter, looser or in larger or smaller sections.’
      • ‘Then he brushed his knee-length hair one hundred strokes, braided it, and tied it back with a piece of green ribbon, simply knotting it instead of tying a bow.’
      • ‘A double turn blood knot will do the trick, or tie a few granny knots in the tail link.’
      • ‘She's so excited that she takes a blue ribbon out of her hair and just ties a bow around it.’
      • ‘Cut the string before inserting, of course, or tie a knot first for easy removal.’
      • ‘Maggie stepped up and started pulling at the frayed knots that were tied around his ankles.’
      • ‘He was an artist with the language, a craftsman who could tie paragraphs together the way sailors tie a slip knot.’
      • ‘In next to no time, I stepped in and tied a perfect lattigo knot in nothing flat.’
      • ‘I of course immediately asked him how many knots he could tie.’
      • ‘It was a process a bit like tying a granny knot: twisting one edge of the sausage rope into a loop, then threading the other end through, looping it, and twisting again.’
      • ‘Keep the loops tight, and they will hold the laces in place while you tie your final knot/bow.’
      • ‘Run ribbon through the holes and tie a bow at the side.’
      • ‘Demonstrate how to thread a needle and tie a knot.’
    4. 1.4no object Be fastened with a knot or bow.
      ‘a sarong that ties at the waist’
  • 2Restrict or limit (someone) to a particular situation, occupation, or place.

    ‘she didn't want to be like her mother, tied to a feckless man’
    • ‘We are still tied to the land and implicitly drawn into the action.’
    • ‘We are tied to them by love and loyalty; and that is what makes it right to remember them.’
    • ‘We're so tied to the Middle East because of the oil industry, so what happens there directly impacts us here in Calgary.’
    • ‘West Bromwich has a two year deal at 3.75%, but you are tied to the society for four years.’
    • ‘The structure of the novel is also a help in this case - whilst we used the four-character idea we weren't tied to it.’
    • ‘Yes, this does help make our operation more efficient because we are not tied to very specific collection times.’
    • ‘It is, of course, difficult to quantify the value of the time saved by travelling by car and we are not tied to a particular time schedule as with public transport.’
    • ‘If we are tied to a specific date, though, we have no choice in the matter.’
    • ‘These days with a husband and young child, she's more tied to her New York home.’
    • ‘I am not tied to any party anymore but more finding out if that balance works.’
    • ‘You weren't tied to a house, you weren't tied to anything.’
    • ‘He was tied to the things he hated, or claimed to hate, like Prometheus lashed to his rock.’
    • ‘Plus it's much more flexible by way of I'm not tied to a particular area for an undue amount of time.’
    • ‘Before that we didn't really go out and I suppose you could say we were tied to the kitchen sink a bit!’
    • ‘For another, it works on any website, anywhere, so you're not tied to a limited range of products.’
    • ‘Her life is now irrevocably altered, she is tied to him for the rest of her life.’
    • ‘The previous relationship produced four children, and while she was tied to the stove she thought her singing career was over.’
    • ‘But once he is tied to a project, he is fully committed.’
    • ‘He explained that because he is not tied to school contracts, he is able to arrange short breaks for small groups, which are not restricted to time.’
    • ‘And of course, until it's all fixed I can't get my email in Detroit unless I'm tied to dial-up access.’
    restrict, restrain, limit, constrain, confine, cramp
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  • 3with object Connect; link.

    ‘self-respect is closely tied up with the esteem in which one is held by one's peers’
    • ‘It's just a damn shame that the award will inevitably be somewhat tied up with the question of how much of the win was race-related.’
    • ‘His switch to study theology with work in the Anglican Church may well have been tied up with the beginning of the First World War.’
    • ‘Right now we have a cost-of-living increase, that is tied more to wages than actual inflation.’
    • ‘Opera has been closely tied up with social and political issues.’
    • ‘This can result in the child having conflicting feelings of wanting the love which is tied up with the abuse, making them feel like they wanted the abuse.’
    • ‘This is a rather different issue, and is tied up with the Board's wish not to commit itself to an increase in its total spend until it completed its comprehensive review.’
    • ‘John's father, Joe Kennedy was a bootlegger during the prohibition and was also tied up with Mafia.’
    • ‘These artists are a fraction of total musicians - a small fraction - and to damn the other artists for being tied up with the same organisation is callous.’
    • ‘I think it is unfortunate that fiscal stimulus now is tied up with fiscal reform in this huge $1.6 trillion package.’
    • ‘Music has always been important in Brazilian culture - it has been a vehicle for rebellion, but has also been closely tied up with regional and national identity.’
    • ‘Everything was tied up with the dreams she kept having.’
    • ‘This group in Washington is tied to known terrorist organizations.’
    • ‘It seems to be tied up with a rather Victorian work ethic where poor people are demonised for idleness and deserve their fate.’
    • ‘Prosecutors say he is tied to the crime by witnesses, blood spatters, ballistics and DNA analysis.’
    • ‘But fertility, of course, has always been tied up with deep emotional and moral issues.’
    • ‘Much of the company's success has been tied up with its campaigning approach to the pursuit of social and environmental issues.’
    • ‘That red tape is a result of an endless stream of initiatives from the government, which are usually tied up with the private sector.’
    • ‘They do, however, have their own politics which are tied up with ruling classes, nationalism, etc.’
    • ‘That is tied up with the elements of the offence, of course, in the first place.’
    • ‘Happiness, in this scheme of things, is always tied up with what happens, especially what happens by luck or chance.’
    link, couple, connect, relate, join, marry, wed
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    1. 3.1 Hold together by a crosspiece or tie.
      ‘ceiling joists are used to tie the rafter feet’
    2. 3.2Music Unite (written notes) by a tie.
    3. 3.3Music Perform (two notes) as one unbroken note.
  • 4no object Achieve the same score or ranking as another competitor or team.

    ‘he tied for second in the league’
    with object ‘Toronto tied the score in the fourth inning’
    • ‘But they should be even stronger in 2000, as 19 starters return from a team that tied for the Mountain West title.’
    • ‘Fisher, who tied for the team lead last year with four interceptions, broke his right arm in the first half.’
    • ‘Porter also tied for the team lead in interceptions.’
    • ‘A total of 17 tables were filled on the night and three teams tied for first place.’
    • ‘Their competitors tied for second place with 66 points.’
    • ‘The teams not only tied but scored their points in exactly the same way as each other, sharing six tries evenly.’
    • ‘Brazilian gymnasts earned or tied for the top score on three of the four women's events.’
    • ‘An easy conversion tied up the scores and so it remained until half time.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, he tied for the team lead with four interceptions.’
    • ‘As a rookie last season, he tied for the league lead in offensive boards.’
    • ‘With the scores tied at 7-7 after normal time, Druids went on to win 11-9.’
    • ‘Bows of all types from embroidered bows on necklines to traditional tied bows on corset style bodices will feature often, especially in knits.’
    • ‘He scored 115 points this year, tied for sixth most in team history.’
    • ‘Only three point scorers return from last year's team that tied for ninth place.’
    • ‘With the score tied, the opposing team sunk two foul shots sealing a win by a score of 49-47.’
    • ‘He also led the Bears in sacks with eight and tied for the team lead in interceptions with two.’
    • ‘When the teams tied for the pennant at the end of the regular season, they played a three-game playoff.’
    • ‘Triple Olympic champion Ludger Beerbaum of Germany finished tied for 16th.’
    • ‘He led the league in scoring with 94 points and tied for the league lead in assists with 56.’
    • ‘Last season he scored 13 goals, which tied for the lowest total of his career.’
    • ‘Sean Collins, who tied for the team lead with 22 goals, is back for his junior season.’
    draw, be equal, be even, be level, be neck and neck
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  • 1A piece of string, cord, or the like used for fastening or tying something.

    ‘he tightened the tie of his robe’
    • ‘These are made of blue or white plastic clothes pegs, cable ties, nails and wire.’
    • ‘I barely noticed the way he had worked his hands to the tie around my robe.’
    • ‘It was a great exercise in learning to play without specific goals and to realize the many sensations one can create with any object, be it a feather duster, a hairbrush or a bunch of cable ties.’
    • ‘Made from soft cotton, it features a shawl collar, sash tie with belt loops and side pouch pockets.’
    • ‘Some are roughly wrapped around wooden frames and screwed and bolted into place; others are cut into strips, which are then rolled up and fastened with plastic ties.’
    • ‘Either pieces of pipe cleaner or paper-covered wire plant ties can be used to tie the stems to the stake.’
    • ‘Such skirts were made up of a pair of aprons that wrapped around the body and were attached to a wide cotton waistband that fastened with buttons or ties.’
    • ‘Tie the top of the mesh sleeve with cable ties and then clip it to the nylon string using clothes pins.’
    • ‘With that he turned and walked back into his house, the ties on his robe trailing behind him.’
    • ‘She wriggled around for a moment, trying to get free of the ties.’
    • ‘Each kit contains a plastic sheet, a clean razor blade, a cutting surface, soap, and cord ties.’
    • ‘After he was subdued, cabin crew used plastic ties to restrain his hands.’
    • ‘I dragged my hair up into a ponytail, not troubling to smooth it through with a brush or comb, and fastened it with a tie.’
    • ‘Some of the most damaging ties are fastened around trees for secondary purposes, for washing lines, swings or bird box fixings.’
    • ‘Orion whipped out a slender stick mechanism from the tie of his robe and summoned the paper with a mere flick of it.’
    • ‘I ripped away my covers and fought at the tie on my robe.’
    • ‘After a few minutes of pushing all the connections to make sure they were all secure and then setting to work on the cable ties with a pair of scissors everything is back to normal.’
    • ‘It is basically a crossover sweater, but the ties are in the back where little hands won't be able to get at them.’
    • ‘Use rubber bands or inexpensive cable ties to temporarily tie up appliance cords and window blinds.’
    • ‘The ties on the robe he was wearing were defeating him.’
    lace, string, cord, ligature, wire, bond, fetter, link, fastening, fastener
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    1. 1.1US A shoe tied with a lace.
      • ‘It had to be untied, loose ties with fat laces, always spotlessly white.’
      • ‘Roper also offers custom-designed ties for larger customers' needs.’
  • 2A rod or beam holding parts of a structure together.

    • ‘All these walls have metal anchors, ties, and fasteners that cause thermal bridges.’
    • ‘This transparency is achievable because the building front is cantilevered and suspended from the main structure by diagonal ties.’
    1. 2.1North American A wooden or concrete beam laid transversely under a railroad track to support it.
      • ‘In 1900 alone, it's estimated that 15 to 20 million acres of forests were consumed to meet the demand for railroad ties.’
      • ‘I remember the good old days on the Pullman sleepers when you could see the ties speeding by underneath you when you flushed the toilet.’
      • ‘Mine sized rail was laid on ties to standard gauge width.’
      • ‘Then too, there was the railroad equipment itself, which it hoped to sell: rails, ties, cars, and locomotives.’
      • ‘However, stacks of concrete ties and welded rail by the right of way indicated extensive upgrading.’
      • ‘He made it out of four railroad ties, the 8 x 12 pieces of wood they lay down to support railroad tracks.’
      • ‘Widely used in Europe and Japan, slab track connects track to a concrete slab instead of with traditional ties and ballast.’
      • ‘The contamination in the soil in this project is mostly creosote, a product used on railway ties and telephone poles.’
      • ‘CSX wasted no time dismantling the abandoned track as all rail and ties have been torn up and cleared from the property.’
      • ‘The planned upgrades include replacing sections of rail and replacing most of the rail ties.’
      • ‘The speed limit on this section of heavier rail on concrete ties is 110 mph for conventional Amtrak trains.’
      • ‘Colonel McDaniel said the base already spent $1 million of this money to replace some of the rails and rail ties.’
      • ‘This equipment also can be used to recycle railroad ties, telephone poles, pallets - all of which is removed from the nation's wastestream.’
      • ‘Rail workers drove the nails into ties to keep the historical record of construction.’
      • ‘Some concrete ties were labeled Koppers, others KSA.’
      • ‘We are ordering the rail, the ties, the switches, and so forth that we need to carry out next year's reconstruction program.’
      • ‘The grave was closed, and railroad ties were placed above it.’
      • ‘The Katy was decommissioned in 1986 and its iron rails and wooden ties sold for scrap.’
      • ‘It was noted that they are currently working in the area placing double rails and new ties, along with other improvements.’
      • ‘Wheels, axles and railroad ties were flung in all directions.’
    2. 2.2Music A curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch indicating that they are to be played for the combined duration of their time values.
      • ‘A curved line similar to the slur may be used to indicate a portamento effect; the same sign between two adjacent notes of the same pitch serves as a tie.’
      • ‘In a rush, he began writing, though he was careful as he drew in all of the notes and ties.’
  • 3usually tiesA thing that unites or links people.

    ‘it is important that we keep family ties strong’
    • ‘Evidence of strong economic or professional ties with home helps, too.’
    • ‘It remains a close one, however, due to the strong ties linking members in the U.S., England, and India.’
    • ‘Studies consistently show that those who are socially isolated are two to five times the risk of dying from all causes compared to those who maintain strong ties with family, friends and community.’
    • ‘Readers of Animal Times will gain new insight into the complex nature and strong family ties of these fascinating animals.’
    • ‘And of course, the U.S. and Japan have strong economic ties as well.’
    • ‘Canada's finest rock 'n' roll act, The Sadies, have strong family ties.’
    • ‘The 30 year old lead singer was born in Reading, Berkshire but has strong family ties with Mayo.’
    • ‘Strong extended family ties tend to exercise a restraint on deviant behavior, and family meetings are often called to settle problems before they become public.’
    • ‘Their lives were often founded on strong family ties and childhood friendships.’
    • ‘Despite these connections, however, he has committed himself to living in Hollywood, because his immediate family ties are now so strong; he would lose custody of his son if he didn't.’
    • ‘Again, strong social ties link members in the U.S. and India.’
    • ‘If the sharing of food fosters family and social ties, and strong family and social relationships are an integral part of civil society, statistics such as these should give us pause.’
    • ‘And that somehow sums up one of the big hidden strengths of India's diamond merchants: their strong family ties.’
    • ‘Aborigines sustained a strong attachment to ties of family and kin, however, and continued to acknowledge a wide range of relationships.’
    • ‘Noel, who hails from Wingfield, Knock, will reflect on his years growing up in Knock and his family's strong ties with the parish of Bekan.’
    • ‘There are many families in Bulgaria with strong family ties to Israel, and, of course, vice versa.’
    • ‘Second, education provides a ‘bridge’ to social networks beyond the strong ties of family, friends, and neighbors.’
    • ‘Our economic ties are strong, as are our people-to-people links.’
    • ‘Here in England as in other developed countries family ties are not strong enough.’
    • ‘They have to consider that this animal is capable of friendship and has strong family ties, and it feels compassion and it can be sympathetic and forgive.’
    bond, connection, link, liaison, attachment, association, kinship, affiliation, allegiance, friendship, cords, union, relationship, relatedness, interdependence
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    1. 3.1 A thing that restricts someone's freedom of action.
      ‘some cities and merchants were freed from feudal ties’
      • ‘Bourgeois monetary relations were breaking down the old feudal ties that had existed in England and which had been grounded in a largely subsistence agricultural economy.’
      • ‘First, they must be free from feudal ties, which would otherwise prevent them from entering any sort of market transaction.’
      • ‘The alleged problem has been that occasionally committee members have financial ties with companies producing the drugs or devices being examined.’
      • ‘Both are newcomers who claim to be free of special-interest ties.’
      • ‘But he would not be teaching a monk, he would be teaching a boy without ties, without obligation.’
      • ‘Did Dr Ellis not feel that he should remain free of drug company ties?’
      • ‘Hurst was also delighted to hear of Super League's decision to back his proposal for a board of directors free of club ties.’
      • ‘However, following Government legislation relaxing the restrictive ties between pubs and the beer they sold, it has made less sense for breweries to hold onto these chains of pubs.’
      • ‘As contemporary commercial manuals never tired of complaining, they were free from all guild ties and all state regulation.’
      • ‘That mantle fell instead upon the large middle-class house, in its own ample grounds but free from the ties of an estate.’
      • ‘They should sort these problems out by talking frankly about the benefits of a thaw in their ties, free from constraints imposed by their formal positions.’
      • ‘They stayed in touch as they went on with their lives, but there were no fixed ties, no permanent commitments.’
      • ‘The paper alleged 10 of the 32 committee members have financial ties to the pharmaceutical manufacturers involved.’
      • ‘The study, by the independent market analyst Datamonitor, found that people freed from the ties of their offspring and often at the peak of their careers will splash out on lavish treats for themselves.’
      • ‘From the dissolution of feudal ties emerge squabbling subjects nursing secret grievances, haughtily guarding caste privileges, or jealously policing petty distinctions.’
      • ‘Now, everything about higher education is about pulling students back into these ties and constraints.’
      • ‘She doesn't have any ties or commitment to New York state.’
      restriction, curb, limitation, constraint, obligation, commitment, restraint, hindrance, check, obstruction, encumbrance, impediment, handicap
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  • 4A strip of material worn around the collar and tied in a knot at the front with the ends hanging down, typically forming part of a man's business or formal outfit; a necktie.

    • ‘He'd pulled off his jacket to reveal a nice ironed crisp white shirt, a dark tie secured at the collar.’
    • ‘Tight fitting pinstripe suits are worn with pastel shirts in pink and blue and are finished off with cravats or wide ties.’
    • ‘Men generally wear Western-style trousers and shirts with jackets and ties for formal occasions.’
    • ‘But to get you started, we've selected four suits to show the range, with shirts and ties to pull the outfits together.’
    • ‘Both wore tan-colored pants, collared shirts, ties, and sweaters, though the colors were different.’
    • ‘He relaxed a little and walked down the hallway to his room, tugging at his tie until the knot loosened and he could slip it off.’
    • ‘During the summer months we have lots of shirt collars undone and ties at half mast.’
    • ‘At The Mikado's rehearsals, the male actors have on formal jackets and ties and top hats, while the women wear dresses that would not look out of place at a lunch in a good restaurant.’
    • ‘I take a step closer to him and fix his tie around the collar of his dress shirt, softly speaking each step as I do so.’
    • ‘He flipped up the collar of his shirt and tied a Windsor knot, then patted the tie and his collar flat again.’
    • ‘Honestly, every man in western society needs to have at least one good suit and a couple of dress shirts and ties to go with it.’
    • ‘When I see someone wearing a formal button-down collar with a tie, I just assume he went to an Ivy League college.’
    • ‘His suit coat was long gone and his tie was hanging loose around his neck and his shirt sleeves were rolled up.’
    • ‘He tugged at the collar of his shirt, loosening his tie.’
    • ‘We have a business casual dress code at my office, which means collared shirts without a tie.’
    • ‘Wrap the wide end around and bring it up over and through the loop, between the collar and the tie.’
    • ‘All the men still have their shirts buttoned up tight to the collar, their ties knotted, their hair slicked back.’
    • ‘How they must have perspired underneath the fine suits, tight collars, silk ties and heavily starched shirts!’
    • ‘That's right, suits: buttoned up shirts, stylish ties, smart trousers with matching fitted jackets.’
    • ‘He was dressed well in a crisp black suit and clean white collared shirt with a tie, just as all the other men wore.’
  • 5A result in a game or other competitive situation in which two or more competitors or teams have the same score or ranking; a draw.

    ‘there was a tie for first place’
    • ‘Once we did that we were the better team by miles for the next 90 minutes of the tie but they had scored early and that killed us.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Clippers have rallied to a tie, and the game is going to overtime.’
    • ‘From the time the draws were made Sean Dempsey had targeted this game as the crucial tie of the championship.’
    • ‘He eventually was declared the third out on a force play completed by Johnny Evers to end the game in a tie.’
    • ‘If a game ends in a tie, both teams earn a chance to win, not just the team that wins a coin flip, as is the case in the NFL.’
    • ‘If the game is a tie, or if there's any argument over the result, the players can use the 19th hole as the decider.’
    • ‘In the event of a tie for highest score, further hands are played with all four players taking part, until there is a single winner.’
    • ‘At the close of the match, which resulted in a tie, Mr Price, the secretary of the Chiswick club, expressed the enjoyment their team had felt in coming to the shoot.’
    • ‘Both sides had a few chances, it was a well fought contest and a tie was the best result.’
    • ‘In the Majors, his best result had been a tie for 30th at The Open in 2001.’
    • ‘There will be a spate of midweek FA Cup replays following today's draw for the second qualifying round after three of the local clubs drew in Saturday's ties.’
    • ‘In the event of a tie, five-minute blitz games were to be played to ascertain the winner.’
    • ‘Football is about playing in every situation, not just glamour football ties but bread-and-butter games.’
    • ‘In the event of a tie, the game will be replayed on May 31 at Elland Road.’
    • ‘Maybe a draw would be the best result with an away tie at Bristol in front of a good crowd.’
    • ‘Since 1997, the only time the American League didn't win was when the game ended in a tie.’
    • ‘When six Premiership sides go head-to-head and the non-league teams are drawn in unspectacular ties, it doesn't help.’
    • ‘If by chance the first half ended in a tie, the score of the second half would determine the winner of the game.’
    • ‘Even that could not separate the teams so a tie was declared and this was the fairest result for two teams who gave their all.’
    • ‘A tie would result in five points for each team, and the terms losing draw and winning draw, with Shackleton's grateful thanks, would be consigned to the dustbin.’
    draw, dead heat, deadlock, stalemate
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  • tie someone (up) in knots

    • Make someone completely confused.

      ‘they tied themselves in knots over what to call the country’
      • ‘I certainly wouldn't let them tie me in knots over the warranty, which probably isn't worth the inaccessible paper it's printed on.’
      • ‘And now the writer's home city of Dublin is tied up in knots over its attempts to celebrate the centenary of the day on which his novel Ulysses is set - June 16, 1904.’
      • ‘A day on the water can calm nerves, rejuvenate the spirit and produce a general feeling of wellbeing, at least until we return to whatever tied us in knots in the first place.’
      • ‘Tedious research is replaced by typing two or three words into that marvellous search machine ‘Google’, and difficult calculations no longer tie us in knots.’
      • ‘I'm sorry, but I think Hunter is tying himself in knots here.’
      • ‘That the administration had to handle it so carefully is a testament to how much the issue ties them in knots.’
      • ‘I would like to see an insurance policy that always pays out what it promises. Or a home loan that doesn't tie you in knots with options and clauses.’
      • ‘The last time that you and I faced one another in a Committee, in a slightly different atmosphere, you were sitting in the seat that I am sitting in and doing your best to tie me in knots at every opportunity.’
      • ‘The United States Postal Service is tied in knots.’
      • ‘My subconscious is trying to tie me in knots, but it won't work, though I half-wish it would.’
  • tie the knot

    • Get married.

      • ‘She said more and more couples were heading to Scotland to get married since Madonna and Ritchie tied the knot at Skibo castle in the Highlands in 2000.’
      • ‘The couple - who each have been married twice before - tied the knot 11 years ago in a register office.’
      • ‘He is 10 years older than me and has been married twice before, both times to women who turned out NOT to be nice people and about whom he had misgivings even before tying the knot.’
      • ‘It's easy to see why my mother fell in love with him when she was just 17, and married him - despite her own mother's misgivings - a year later, eloping to Scotland and tying the knot in secret.’
      • ‘The couple were married for 42 years - tying the knot when Sylvia was 17 and John was 18.’
      • ‘When we met we had both already been married and we had a whirlwind romance of just six weeks before tying the knot.’
      • ‘They tied the knot soon afterwards and have been happily married for 16 years.’
      • ‘Cohabitors still had a higher divorce rate and a higher level of discontent in their married life compared to couples who'd been living separately before tying the knot.’
      • ‘If you're planning on tying the knot, be prepared for the marriage tax penalty.’
      • ‘There was a rise of nearly 5% in the number of weddings in 2003 with 267,700 couples tying the knot in England and Wales according the Office of National Statistics.’
  • tie one on

    • informal Get drunk.

      • ‘And to answer your question, no, I didn't tie one on last night’
      • ‘They probably stayed too long at the bar - I'd seen them both tie one on more than once.’
      • ‘He must have really tied one on last night, though he couldn't remember the details.’
      • ‘Debbie ties one on with Jennifer, all in the name of life coaching.’
      • ‘The smart thing to do is to control your drinking and if you have to tie one on, do it on your dime, after the party.’
      • ‘Well, we were sitting in the lounge ‘tying one on’ as they say in some places and who should enter the lounge?’
      • ‘I guess Eddie really tied one on over the holidays.’
      • ‘I don't drink but I feel like I tied one on the previous night.’
      • ‘I really must have tied one on, he thought groggily.’
      • ‘Not every night is a great night for tying one on and staying out till dawn.’
  • fit to be tied

    • Very angry.

      ‘Daddy was fit to be tied when I separated from Hugh’
      • ‘We know that his family was fit to be tied with him during that time, and for good reason.’
      • ‘They clucked and fussed and were fit to be tied at the wanton waste they witnessed.’
      • ‘Those wee ones love the man and are fit to be tied when it's time for him to leave.’
      • ‘I listen to her set out her latest jargon-laden agenda for interfering in the lives and habits of British families, and after a few paragraphs I am afraid I am fit to be tied.’
      • ‘When she learns from the doctor that she's not sick after all but sound as a dollar, she's fit to be tied.’
      livid, furious, angry, infuriated, irate, fuming, raging, seething, incensed, enraged, angered, beside oneself, wrathful, ireful, maddened, cross, annoyed, irritated, exasperated, indignant
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Phrasal Verbs

  • tie something in (or tie in)

    • Cause something to fit or harmonize with something else (or fit or harmonize with something)

      ‘her husband is able to tie in his shifts with hers at the hospital’
      ‘she may have developed ideas that don't necessarily tie in with mine’
      • ‘In Orkney it is tying a strength in archaeology to that subject's importance to local tourism.’
      • ‘Anyone who ties it in with football is deluding themselves.’
      • ‘He has an interesting piece on the affair at History News Network, and ties it in to broader issues having to do with politics and the academy.’
      be consistent, tally, correlate, agree, be in agreement, accord, concur, coincide, conform, fit in, harmonize, be in tune, dovetail
      fit in, harmonize, dovetail, match, mirror, make something consistent, make something correspond, make something tally, make something correlate, make something agree, make something accord, make something coincide, make something conform
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  • tie into

    • Attack or get to work on vigorously.

      ‘tie into breakfast now and let's get a move on’
      • ‘After we send the packs and skis over, Ken ties into the cord.’
      • ‘As everybody ties into the Internet, it is every citizen's responsibility to be aware of security issues.’
  • tie someone up

    • 1Bind someone's legs and arms together or bind someone to something so that they cannot move or escape.

      ‘robbers tied her up and ransacked her home’
      • ‘They tied them up and moved them to a part of the building adjacent to the canal bank where they remained bound with tape.’
      • ‘Alan was going to subdue him and tie Paul up with the rope he had taken off Kirby.’
      • ‘The robbers held them at gunpoint and tied them up before escaping with a substantial amount of jewellery.’
      • ‘I woke up, and after a moment realized that I wasn't tied up, and that I was moving.’
      • ‘They thought I was a spy and tied me up again, quite a bit more securely than last time.’
      • ‘Then we escaped and tied him up but he escaped and took the wagon and left.’
      • ‘Miss Lees was tied up but managed to escape and hid from the gunman for several hours while he searched for her with his dog.’
      • ‘They'd tied her up with cables, which looked too strong to move.’
      • ‘He tied him up before attacking and binding the two other members of staff.’
      • ‘He didn't expect to tie her up, but the ropes went around her wrists so easily.’
      bind, tie up, tether, hitch, strap, truss, fetter, rope, chain, make fast, moor, lash, attach, fasten, fix, secure, join, connect, link, couple
      bind, tie, tether, hitch, strap, truss, fetter, rope, chain, make fast, moor, lash, attach, fasten, fix, secure
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      1. 1.1informal Occupy someone to the exclusion of any other activity.
        ‘she would be tied up at the meeting all day’
        • ‘If you are tied up on Hallowe'en you can still help out!’
        • ‘They don't take part in all the trial proceedings not because they are lazy but because they are tied up with other engagements.’
        • ‘I didn't get a chance to dance with you last night; you were tied up with some man all evening.’
        • ‘So you would be tied up in legal proceedings, rather than attending to a very serious health issue?’
        • ‘It seems to be trying to spin out the process of weapons inspections for as long as possible, tying America up in a web of reports, discussions and UN diplomats.’
        occupy, engage, busy, keep busy, book, reserve, commit
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  • tie something up

    • 1Bind or fasten something securely with rope, cord, or string.

      • ‘All I needed now, to finish the job, was some string, to tie the joints up ready for the freezer.’
      • ‘Not only is it good for dental hygiene but it can also be used as a clothes line, cotton for darning clothes or string for tying things up.’
      • ‘It was too full to ignore any further, so she tied it up, brought it to the apartment garbage chute, and tossed it inside.’
      • ‘But we managed to tie it up with string and continue.’
      • ‘She took it, as well as two other blouses, one with strings to tie it up in the front, and the other with strings to tie it up in the back.’
      • ‘The laundry cord was used to tie it up but it has broken too.’
      • ‘I found some rope that we can use to tie it up and one of us can carry it like a sling on our back.’
      • ‘Towards the end of the gig, she tied her hair up in a pony tail.’
      • ‘He tied it up with string and we still made it to school on time, but the venerable Morris was soon traded in for a smart new Austin.’
      • ‘When the father had finished transferring the new batch of pigeons to the first bag, and had tied them up securely, he told the boy to put them in the shade of the utility.’
      1. 1.1Moor a vessel.
        • ‘Fishing boats were tied up last week as crews earned a well-earned rest after a long haul from the last decent break at Christmas.’
        • ‘Apparently the ship had gotten in a little earlier than usual and they were already tying it up to the docks.’
        • ‘He came up from Port Adelaide where the ship was tied up.’
        • ‘And when that went, we just tied the boat up nearby so we could just get in and go.’
        • ‘But at the end of the first week in January, the weather is blowing hard and all boats are tied up.’
        • ‘Into the 1860s at least, because of the seasonality of the tourist trade, most boats were tied up, out of service, for more than half the year.’
        • ‘Peering over his shoulder, he noticed the thick coil of rope he used to tie the boat up.’
        • ‘Amy tied the boat up carefully at the dock once they arrived, and they all stood for a moment, looking out at the Island in the distance.’
        • ‘Gohan tied the boat up while Camille and Marle waited for him.’
        • ‘This week the container ship Southern Express arrived in port at the same time as a number of longline fishing vessels were tied up at the wharf.’
      2. 1.2Invest or reserve capital so that it is not immediately available for use.
        ‘money tied up in accounts must be left to grow’
        • ‘One also has to consider risks as well as how long your money is tied up.’
        • ‘He has some money in a building society account, but a lot of his capital is tied up in shares.’
        • ‘This is because an equal, if not greater, proportion of our assets are tied up in share-related investments.’
        • ‘That means you will have to tie your money up to draw down the full benefits.’
        • ‘‘The money is tied up for a fixed period, such as five years,’ says Barber.’
        • ‘For most of them, a huge portion of their net worth is tied up in company stock or company stock options.’
        • ‘He had lots of money but most of it was tied up in fairly long term investments.’
        • ‘I wouldn't want to tie my money up for more than a couple of years.’
        • ‘You must usually tie your money up for the full term to benefit from capital protection.’
        • ‘Most of his cash is tied up in gilts and guaranteed interest accounts, leaving only some free for share investment.’
        commit, make unavailable, invest long-term
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    • 2Bring something to a satisfactory conclusion; settle.

      ‘he said he had a business deal to tie up’
      • ‘The bulk of the loose ends are tied up in a kind of satisfying way.’
      • ‘I understand that loose ends had to be left for sequels, but the film seemed to pretend that said ends were tied up, making for a confusing conclusion to the movie.’
      • ‘All loose ends are tied up satisfactorily without feeling forced or phony.’
      • ‘It is understood the deal will be tied up within the next three months or so - despite indications that such a move would not be popular in the City.’
      • ‘They probably realise that it is unlikely that they will be in office after the next election, and so they will see the benefit of tying this matter up in the courts.’
      • ‘I've heard about Middlesbrough coming in but to be honest, as far as we are concerned, we are confident the deal can be tied up.’
      • ‘Referring to the deal the day after it was tied up, he could barely contain his delight when he said: ‘I love it.’’
      • ‘At number two for Wigginton Paul Hargrave coasted to victory over David Campion tying the game up 3-0 for points.’
      • ‘The ending, when everyone finally goes to Canterbury, ties things up in a satisfactory, almost mystical fashion.’
      • ‘I thought it was pretty good, and tied things up nicely.’
      finalize, conclude, bring to a conclusion, wind up, wrap up, complete, finish off, seal, set the seal on, settle, secure, clinch
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  • tie someone down

    • Restrict someone to a particular situation or place.

      ‘she didn't want to be tied down by a full-time job’
      • ‘I have this thing where something has to be tying me down.’
      • ‘Nothing's tying me down to Brisbane whatsoever, not since I broke up with Em, I can just take all of my money and get out of here.’
      • ‘We're going to give up some of the trappings of life that have tied us down.’
      • ‘I started to think about my dreams wasting away to nothing, and how he was tying me down.’
      • ‘You promised me I would be able to travel abroad before you tied me down.’
      • ‘She keeps saying she's not going to ruin his life by tying him down with a baby.’
      • ‘That is, until Nicole came along and tied him down.’
      • ‘Having a romantic interest will not make you weak nor tie you down.’
      • ‘Yeah, I need to pursue this and I can't do that with a job tying me down.’
      • ‘She doesn't want any contracts tying her down, and save for the controlling boyfriend who seems to be pulling all the strings and never leaves her side, she is fiercely independent.’


Old English tīgan (verb), tēah (noun), of Germanic origin.