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Related to in tow: come in handy, take account of, so much for, worse for wear
closely following; under someone's control. The nanny walked into the park with three children in tow. The manager went to the meeting with her staff in tow.
In one's charge or close guidance; along with one. For example, The older girl took the new student in tow, or Peter always had his family in tow. This expression alludes to the literal meaning of being pulled along. [Early 1700s]
1. In a condition of being towed: a car with a trailer in tow.
2. Under close guidance; in one's charge: The new student was taken in tow by a peer counselor.
3. As a companion or follower: came to dinner with a friend in tow.