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When they are cold, tie up the jar; covering the cork with leather.

And can you tie up a bundle quick and slick and make it look neat?

When no parsley leaves are to be had, tie up a little parsley seed in a piece of clean muslin, and boil it in water ten minutes.

Tie one man up and you may keep him; tie up two and they are sure to escape.

I'll tie up your boat outside, and bring your things in, and then we'll have supper.

He was to tie up for the night at a little village near Marly-le-Roi.

I suppose they use old I-beams to tie up their Christmas presents.

I may say we now and then let him 'tie up' all night in the station.

They could do it—tie up a dog to drown in sight of people—like that—cruel.

Then I inspect every pit, tie up the bag, seal it, and give it to my messenger.

WORD ORIGIN

"that with which anything is tied," Old English teag, from Proto-Germanic *taugo (cf. Old Norse taug "tie," tygill "string"), from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (cf. Old English teon "to draw, pull, drag;" see duke (n.)).

Figurative sense is recorded from 1550s. Meaning "equality between competitors" is first found 1670s, from notion of a connecting link (tie-breaker is recorded from 1961). Sense of "necktie, cravat" first recorded 1761. The railway sense of "transverse sleeper" is from 1857, American English.

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