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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TYING UP

Tying up some other clothing into a little bundle, she opened the door and listened.

I did the tying up and the untying, but he could see who was the boss.

Mr. Toby was standing behind the counter, tying up a parcel.

This storm being so terrific, and tying up all things, robbed him of the need.

Rex already had come aboard after tying up the recovered boat.

All the fitting should be carefully done but the tying up is not yet.

There is a delicious shipwreck where they are tying up the boat with rug-straps and ropes.

As Pippin was tying up the bread, the girl began to ask questions.

And you were tying up one box, but it was too high and he came and did it for you.

How did you happen to think of that little dodge of tying up the reef-points?

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.