pertaining to or designating a sale in which the buyer in order to get the item desired must also purchase one or more other, usually undesired, items.
of or relating to two or more products advertised, marketed, or sold together.


an arrangement or campaign whereby related products are promoted, marketed, or sold together: a book and movie tie-in.
a tie-in sale or advertisement.
an item in a tie-in sale or advertisement.
any direct or indirect link, relationship, or connection: There is a tie-in between smoking and cancer.

Origin of tie-in

First recorded in 1920–25; adj., noun use of verb phrase tie in
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Historical Examples of tie-in

  • Could be tie-in his father's execution and use of psi ability.

    The Leader

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)

  • A woman has a tie-in with those material things, and the new life brought freedom from that.

    Golden Lads

    Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason