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#1 2008-03-08 18:18:42

Registered: 2007-12-27
Posts: 93

"tie you over" for "tide you over"

It’s a fairly common error. There are actually more ghits of “tie him over until” (1220) than “tide him over until” (877.)

I’m not sure if I can venture a rationale. Are there other idioms besides “tie one on” that use tie?



#2 2008-03-09 23:26:42

Registered: 2008-03-08
Posts: 13

Re: "tie you over" for "tide you over"

“tie over” is in the database. as for idioms with tie: ... is first search result on google for “tie idioms”. has among many others “fit to be tied” and “tie the knot”



#3 2013-12-10 07:44:05

Dixon Wragg
From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 715

Re: "tie you over" for "tide you over"

FWIW, here’s the example I recently encountered:

Like, if that client going to pay on time or are we going to have to dig into the dwindling reserved yet again to tie us over?



#4 2013-12-10 17:18:32

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1812

Re: "tie you over" for "tide you over"

I don’t know about anybody else, but this one has always awakened musical associations for me: a tie instructs you to carry a tone over into the next measure (or what-have-you), so tieing over means enabling to continue. Fits well. But I always simultaneous recognized this as a distortion of tide over ; if someone thought it was the standard form and gave it this meaning it would be a clear acorn.
Does anyone have the notion of a tie in sports which may prolong play (into a tie-breaker of some sort)?
(PS this is the Database entry: took me a bit to find it.)

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2013-12-10 17:20:33)

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