tide » tie

Chiefly in:   tie one over

Classification: English – idiom-related

Spotted in the wild:

  • If you had some money in savings, it could tie you over for a while but for how long? (Frugal Life News, Oct. 18, 2001)
  • As these well-wishers hoped, the College has come through with some bridge funding to keep the Center staff on going, and a promise to continue searching for more funding to tie us over until that critical academic year 2004-5, which will be basis of the next proposal. (Univ. of Kansas African Studies newsletter, Spring 2003)
  • It does say that the Administration may ask for another $3 billion dollars to tie you over. (Hearst Television interview with L. Paul Bremer, Aug. 26, 2003)
  • This would tie us over for a year until we can hold elections at the end of 2005 and hopefully in a more secure environment. (IslamOnline.net, Jan. 8, 2005)

Analyzed or reported by:

Michael Quinion notes, “In some slight defence of _to tie one over_, it is becoming more common, but it is a folk etymology (read ‘error’ if you prefer) that has grown up because the word _tide_ here seems to make no sense.”

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/07/11 |

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