EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TYING
He was tying a most complicated knot, and could not look up.
In tying the professor they came upon the pistol in his coat pocket.
"Maybe," said Dilly, nodding and tying her last bundle of papers.
She went forward, tying on her bonnet, and her cheeks were pink.
Tying his horse to a ring in the wall, he obeyed the signal.
I could feel them tying the mouth of the sack above my head.
Warts may safely be destroyed by tying them closely round the bottom with a silk thread, or a strong flaxen thread well waxed.
“I had it,” her mother smiled, tying a ribbon to hold the bright curls.
Tying up some other clothing into a little bundle, she opened the door and listened.
Below the men were dismounting, tying their horses among the trees.
"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.