But even so, it is much more arresting and persuasive as an argument because it is tied to crucial end results.
What about that dodgy cleric who was tied to the 9/11 bomber, the Ft. Hood shooter and now the underpants bomber?
tied by geographic proximity, commerce, communities, and security, the Americas are indelibly linked.
Both generations of meritocracy are tied to good things: hard work, high standards, social mobility.
If this USAToday poll is right, and Obama and Romney are tied in swing states, that is big trouble for Obama.
The dream-boy had tied him with a chain of flowers, so that he could not move.
For our relief I tied up the horses for some time before letting them go.
"But I can't be naughty, and get tied to the bed-post," said I, thoughtfully.
On the south side of the pier a man had just tied up a motor-boat.
They were tied up in sheets, and my own impression is that they were stolen.
"that with which anything is tied," Old English teag, from Proto-Germanic *taugo (cf. Old Norse taug "tie," tygill "string"), from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (cf. Old English teon "to draw, pull, drag;" see duke (n.)).
Figurative sense is recorded from 1550s. Meaning "equality between competitors" is first found 1670s, from notion of a connecting link (tie-breaker is recorded from 1961). Sense of "necktie, cravat" first recorded 1761. The railway sense of "transverse sleeper" is from 1857, American English.
Old English tigan, tiegan, from the source of tie (n.). Related: Tied; tying. Tie-dye first attested 1904. Tie one on "get drunk" is recorded from 1951. In the noun sense of "connection," tie-in dates from 1934.