zip tie


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, a clearer picture emerged of the incident, which reportedly saw the intruders zip tie some victims, hit them, point a gun at a boy and take a dollar from the child. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2022 Place the bag over the showerhead, and secure it with a rubber band or zip tie. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Oct. 2022 Use a zip tie to attach the bottom of a cushion directly onto the slats of an outdoor bench or the base of metal patio furniture. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2022 The 6-week-old bird was lowered and carefully extracted by Preston, a zip tie around its feet as a precaution against talons more than an inch long. Fox News, 17 Aug. 2022 The six-week-old bird was lowered and carefully extracted by Bedrosian’s colleague, Charles Preston, a zip tie around its feet as a precaution against inch-long talons. Matthew Brown, Chicago Tribune, 17 Aug. 2022 Feig said Perry had been bound with duct tape at her feet, and a zip tie and towing strap were wrapped tightly around her neck. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Aug. 2022 Once Young's out of the car and on the ground, officers zip tie his hands behind his back and lead him away. Kate Brumback, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 On a gravel path behind the house, near a cluster of foxtails, officers recovered another zip tie and a six-inch shred of black duct tape. Longreads, 5 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zip tie was in 1983

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Cite this Entry

“Zip tie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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