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To draw and restrain something back and out of the way. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tie" and "back." I forgot to bring a hairclip to tie my hair back, so it kept falling into my face while I worked. Be sure to tie the cables back or they could cause injury or death while operating the machine.
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tie something back
to bind or fasten something back out of the way. George tied the curtains back to let a little more light in. Let me tie back the vines out of the way.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To draw something backward and fasten it: I gathered my hair and tied it back in a ponytail. We tied back the curtains so that they wouldn't blow around in the breeze.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.