One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornamental clip for holding a tie in place.
- ‘He is dapper in blazer, cane, sharp hat and regimental tie, which he wears with a tie clip.’
- ‘A power tie is one thing, but a tie clip really seals the deal.’
- ‘He fell victim to a hidden camera (the reporters were not wearing spectacles, as far as I recall, so the lens may have been concealed in a tie clip or buttonhole).’
tie clasp/ˈtī ˌklasp/
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