When you tie your dog to a tree, this is an example of a situation where you tether your dog.
The rope that you use to tie your dog to a tree is an example of a tether.
Drought-stricken farmers at the end of their tether.
Kept the new assistant on a short tether.
- At the end of one's endurance, resources, etc.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of tether
- Middle English teder from Old Norse tjōdhr
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old Norse tjÃ³Ã°r (> Danish tÃ¸jr). Cognate with North German TÃ¼der (“tether for binding the cattle").