tie off

phrasal verb

tied off; tying off or tieing off; ties off
: to fasten or hold (something) by tying a knot or bow at its end
I finished knitting the last row and tied off the yarn.
: to close (something) with string, thread, etc.
The surgeon tied off the vein.

Examples of tie off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the boat was in the water and tied off with a towrope, however, Hayes, Breakwell, Mattinson and two Royal Marines pushed the other passengers aside and commandeered the vessel, jumping in and taking with them three of the Isabella’s four oars. Eric Jay Dolin, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2024 Blossoming out of beautifully twisted locs are four extra-thick braids, brought together at the base near the top of the head, and tied off at the ends to leave several inches of straight hair. Marci Robin, Allure, 15 Mar. 2024 But lines tied off to the dock indicated otherwise. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 28 Feb. 2024 The delicate piece featured long matching straps at the waist, which Lopez tied off into a large bow. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Aug. 2023 The guy in the center seat where the stringer was tied off noticed it was being jerked around. Idaho Statesman, 2 Mar. 2016 And in a fun moment of tomboy-meets-girly-girl, instead of a simple hair elastic, the ponytail is tied off with a long, pink ribbon that perfectly matches her vest. Marci Robin, Allure, 15 Dec. 2023 Harry’s infamous Nazi Halloween costume is a tertiary subplot in the series finale, with a reference to joining the military the only half-hearted attempt to tie off his thread. Alison Herman, Variety, 14 Dec. 2023 The hem of her dress was lined with little silver knots, the ends of her chain linked dress tied off to look like baubles. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 4 Dec. 2023

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“Tie off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tie%20off. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

tie off

transitive verb
tied off; tying off or tieing off
: to close by means of an encircling or enveloping ligature
tie off a bleeding vessel
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