Phrasal Verbs with 'Tie'

Tie back

Fasten or secure so that it doesn't obstruct

Example: She TIED her hair BACK before playing tennis.

Tie down

Secure something to prevent it moving

Example: They TIED him DOWN to stop him escaping.

Tie down

Remove or restrict freedom

Example: Marriage TIES you DOWN.

Tie down

Stop people (often police or military) going where they are needed

Example: The army were TIED DOWN with the rebellion and couldn't help.

Tie in

Agree, be connected or support

Example: The theory TIES IN with what the police have been saying.

Tie in

Associate with

Example: He is TIED IN somehow with the crime syndicate.

Tie in with

Occur at the same time

Example: The publication TIES IN WITH the twentieth anniversary of the incident.

Tie up

Tie or fasten something securely

Example: They TIED UP the hostages so that they couldn't escape.

Tie up

Stop someone doing something

Example: Work has TIED me UP all week.

Tie up


Example: I TIED UP my shoelaces.

Tie up

Block a road, etc

Example: The convoy TIED UP the road for an hour.