[ tahy-doun ]

  1. a device for tying something down.

  2. the act of tying something down.

Origin of tie-down

Noun use of verb phrase tie down

Words Nearby tie-down

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How to use tie-down in a sentence

  • But in another half hour Vincent had to bring the boat's head up to the wind, lower the lug, and tie down the last reef.

    With Lee in Virginia | G. A. Henty

Other Idioms and Phrases with tie-down


Constrain, confine, or limit, as in As long as the children were small, she was too tied down to look for a job. [Late 1600s]

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