tie up

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tie up

verb

Definition of TIE UP

transitive verb
1
:  to attach, fasten, or bind securely; also :  to wrap up and fasten
2
a :  to connect closely :  join <tie up the loose ends>
b :  to cause to be linked so as to depend on or relate to something
3
a :  to place or invest in such a manner as to make unavailable for other purposes <their money was tied up in stocks>
b :  to restrain from normal movement, operation, or progress <traffic was tied up for miles>
4
a :  to keep busy <was tied up in conference all day>
b :  to preempt the use of <tied up the phone for an hour>
intransitive verb
1
:  dock <the ferry ties up at the south slip>
2
:  to assume a definite relationship <this ties up with what I told you before>

Examples of TIE UP

  1. <an accident is tying up traffic at 5th and Broadway>

First Known Use of TIE UP

1530

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