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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.
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.
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.