tie off

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tie off

1. To fasten or secure something in place with a rope or cable tied in a knot. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tie" and "off." We tied our horses off outside the saloon. Be sure to tie off the boat before you leave the pier.
2. To seal or close the end or opening of something with a knot or something tied in a knot. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tie" and "off." We'll have to tie off the hose for the time being to avoid losing any more fuel. He began tying off his pants at the knee, just below the spot where they had amputated his leg.
See also: off, tie

tie something off

to tie the ends of something losing fluid, as blood vessels to prevent bleeding. The surgeons tied all the blood vessels off—one by one—as they were exposed. They tied off all the vessels very quickly.
See also: off, tie

tie off

v.
1. To attach and anchor someone or something with a knot: We tied off the rowboat and went ashore. I passed the rope through the metal ring and tied it off with a taut-line hitch.
2. To close or seal something with a knot: We tied off the legs of the scarecrow's pants and filled them up with hay. The clown inflated the balloon and tied it off.
See also: off, tie
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Do they really think that by taking their jackets and ties off at every opportunity we're going to believe they're 'cool' and more likely to vote for them?
I would like to thank the two men who helped me, especially the one who actually caught the birds and held them until I could cut the ties off.
"And if you can do it without getting into trouble, can you take your ties off as well?"
We can be as nice as pie, we can take our ties off and breakdance down the esplanade and all wear earrings and all the rest of it.
STEVE HECK IS a thick Grendel of a man, with a long beard he hacks with a knife and ties off at the bottom.
The Tennent's Scottish Cup was decimated with three second-round ties off for sure.