zip tie


Definition of zip tie

: a plastic strip that can be threaded through its end and tightened so as to fasten something especially : flex-cuff

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zip-tie \ ˈzip-​ˌtī How to pronounce zip-tie (audio) \ verb

Examples of zip tie in a Sentence

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In September 2016, two weeks before Mr. Alston was to go on trial, two masked men burst into Mr. Bishun’s auto-body shop, kidnapping him at gunpoint and later using a zip tie to strangle him. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, "Days Before Murder Trial, Prosecutors Reveal a Missing Confession," 6 June 2018 McCarron found the 87-year-old man lying between his bed and a wall, his hands tied up with zip ties. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Priest was tied up for days in his home. A community now grapples with his death. | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 In one cellphone video of the incident, the woman is flailing as two men hold her down in the aisle and use zip ties to bind her arms and legs. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "‘I am God!’ a woman screamed as she tried, midflight, to open a plane’s cabin door," 6 Mar. 2018 The sky-high costume took about a week to construct, and consisted of three cardboard boxes connected with PVC pipe and zip ties. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "This Guy Dressed Up As 432 Park Avenue For Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018 After each match, team members had to fix their damaged robots with spare parts, zip ties and duct tape, said Eric De Winter, the team’s president. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW students and their attack robots hit bumps in China — then a hotel hair dryer saved the day," 17 Aug. 2018 Cohen also pulled out guns and zip ties for another segment with Smiley. Fox News, "'Real Housewives' stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are 'honored' by Sacha Baron Cohen prank," 21 Aug. 2018 Using just a wooden box, floral foam, zip ties, and faux flowers, Christy puts the flower chandelier together in about fifteen minutes. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Flower Chandelier Will Be Your New Obsession," 29 Aug. 2018 The intruders used thick, plastic zip ties to bind both victims’ hands behind their backs. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "One casino high roller used a GPS tracker to tail another to his mansion — and robbed the place," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of zip tie

1992, in the meaning defined above

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