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Or, if I'd only got tied up in some way for a few weeks—something I could tide over.

For our relief I tied up the horses for some time before letting them go.

On the south side of the pier a man had just tied up a motor-boat.

Now I'll be tied up, and maybe put to bed for runnin' away again.

We've got them tied up close by, and every little while one gives a yelp.

"Why, this Russell's supposed to be tied up to Mildred," her son explained.

I know you're sort of—sort of tied up to Holliday Kendrick; I know you feel that you are.

They walked round to the stackyard, and he tied up his horse and gave it hay.

We'll have to start you off tied up, too, much as I hate to do it.

They were all disarmed, and then, dreadfully to their disgust, they were all dismounted and tied up.

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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