tie a bow

Definition of tie a bow

:to make a bow
  • She wrapped a ribbon around the box and tied a bow.

Word by Word Definitions

tie play
  1. : to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie

  2. : to form a knot or bow in

  3. : to make by tying constituent elements

  1. : a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed

  2. : a structural element (such as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together : a tension member in a construction

  3. : any of the transverse supports to which railroad rails are fastened to keep them in line

bow play
  1. : to cease from competition or resistance : submit, yield

  2. : to bend the head, body, or knee in reverence, submission, or shame

  3. : to incline the head or body in salutation or assent or to acknowledge applause

  1. : a bending of the head or body in respect, submission, assent, or salutation

  1. : something bent into a simple curve or arc

  2. : rainbow

  3. : a weapon that is used to propel an arrow and that is made of a strip of flexible material (such as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent

  1. : to bend into a curve

  2. : to play a stringed instrument with a bow (see 3bow 5a)

  3. : to cause to bend into a curve

  1. : the forward part of a ship

  2. : bowman:2


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