tie the knot

This page is about the idiom tie the knot.

Meaning: If you tie the knot, you get married.

For example:

  • Tammy and Stevie Ray are tying the knot at the Shortside Baptist Church next Saturday, and you're all invited.

  • Mary really wants to tie the knot, but Sam says he's not ready for marriage just yet.

Origin: While there is no definitive evidence to prove it, many etymologists suggest that this idiom derives from the actual ritual of tying a knot which has been a part of marriage ceremonies in many cultures through history.

Quick Quiz:

Bob and Jane decided to tie the knot because

a. it had come undone

b. they loved one another

c. they needed to save money

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Contributor: Matt Errey