tie the knot

This page is about the idiom tie the knot


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