tie the knot

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tie the knot

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To marry, wed, get married.
    • 1869, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 3, in Burlesques:
      Rowena sacrificed her inclination to remain single, to her sense of duty; and contracted a second matrimonial engagement. . . . Cardinal Pandulfo tied the knot for them.
    • 2002, Scott MacLeod, "Live from Baghdad," Time, 25 Nov.,
      After the 20-year-old mechanic tied the knot with his 18-year-old cousin, the newlyweds headed to Baghdad's Ishtar Hotel.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see tie,‎ the,‎ knot.