in tow

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - in tow

"in tow"

to lead, pull, or tow someone or something around;

in a person's charge or close guidance


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - in tow

"in tow"

following or going along under someone's control


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in tow

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I always find it quite amusing to see stay-at-home dads out with their children.

Friend 2:  The dads do look cute, although maybe a little harried, with their children in tow.

Friend 1:  Like a mother duck with her little ducklings trailing along behind.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in tow

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Looks like the boss is grooming a new personal assistant.

Colleague 2:  Yes. The boss seems to be training his new assistant well. The assistant does whatever the boss directs.

Colleague 1:  And now it seems like the boss doesn't go anywhere without his assistant in tow.

Colleague 2:  The boss says "Jump!" and the assistant says "How high?".

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in tow - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for in tow.

in tow - Examples:

1)  The group consists of 400 riders, with nearly 75 volunteers in tow to help out.

2)  ... though, walked off unfazed with her security guard in tow. She didn't bother posing for photographs either.

3)  He knows exactly where to go. With kids in tow, he does it all. I couldn't do this without him.

4)  ... began to re-integrate himself with the rugby community, this time with his camera in tow.

5)  ... but to bear witness to the streams of desperate people, sometimes with infants in tow, making the long trek in the dead of night to cross into Canada in ...

6)  ... doesn't have his freshly minted Oscar in tow when we meet for lunch, but he does have a small memento of what ...

7)  ... strolled unannounced into his office with at least five of his dogs in tow

8)  For Mike, a designer with these five skills in tow is referred to as a five-tool player.

9)  ... moved to Cupertino three years ago with his wife and children in tow chasing the American dream. 

10)  Oh, until the doctor came back with Nick in tow, holding two big fat spiky needles, and asked us to pull down our ...

11)  I climbed the stairs in accordance with instructions -- with my bemused friend in tow -- accompanied by a renewed expectation of giving my old book a new home.

12)  Now, she takes to the streets with microphone and camera in tow, inviting the public into this diary, collecting all the other thoughts she can.

13)  ... that was leaked online a few weeks ago also points towards major design changes in tow.

14)  The audience varied from middle-aged ladies in saris, kids firmly in tow, to 20-something men.

15)  The city was packed over the weekend as students, some with their parents in tow, enrolled in halls of residence or moved into flats.

16)  This new guard drove up in a flat-bed truck with a bar-b-q cooker in tow

17)  This cartoon shows India, represented by a man in dhothi and a cow in tow, knocking at the door of the' elite space club' in an effort ...

18)  Later in the year she will return with Faustus in tow for a full music tour. 

19)  A young father, kids in tow, visits the Richmond seed library, and selects a few packets of heirloom vegetable ...

20)  ... with their production team in tow, recently completed filming their vacation in Costa Rica.