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tie back

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.
See also: back, tie
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: back, tie
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tie back

v.
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.
See also: back, tie
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.
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Expandable trellising attached to the wall can help manage climbers as they grow over the summer and tying back will keep the climber tidy during winter.
1Before tying back, blow-dry hair with a root-lifting spray.
Certainty 6.5 adds [to 6.0] support for COSO [the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations framework] and supports tying back to it.