Definition of tether noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈteðə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteðər//
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  • a rope or chain used to tie an animal to something, allowing it to move around in a small area
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old Norse tjóthr, from a Germanic base meaning ‘fasten’.Idioms
    be at the end of your tether (British English) (North American English be at the end of your rope)
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    to feel that you cannot deal with a difficult situation any more because you are too tired, worried, etc. You’d better let her know you’re safe. She’s at the end of her tether.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tether