First Known Use of tie-up
Synonymsbackup, bottleneck, jam-up, logjam, snarl, tailback [British], tie-up
Related Wordstangle; gridlock, lock; congestion, traffic; crawl, delay, slowdown, stoppage
Near Antonymsbreakup, dissolution, disunion; division, parting, separation, severance, split; alienation, divorce, estrangement
Definition of tie up
- tie up the loose ends
- their money was tied up in stocks
- traffic was tied up for miles
- was tied up in conference all day
- tied up the phone for an hour
- the ferry ties up at the south slip
- this ties up with what I told you before
Examples of tie up in a Sentence
an accident is tying up traffic at 5th and Broadway
Recent Examples of tie up from the Web
The tie up surprised technologists who had watched the online retailer and business-technology behemoth increasingly compete with each other.
Frances moved down to Louisiana first; James stayed behind in California to tie up loose ends.
Employees were tied up and placed in the back of the store, but did not sustain any injuries, according to the release.
In addition to the men's basketball situation, the University of Louisville's lacrosse program has been tied up in a lawsuit.
The company had recently laid off several employees, and the one guy who knew Manning's routes was tied up at another site.
Since the time of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, these stealthy shadows have been tied up with images of the dark and demonic, of vampiric seduction, of blood-sucking and essence-drinking.
While the exodus of many Floridians this week tied up traffic on the interstate highways, others in the barrier islands that line the southwest coast of Florida plan to ride out the storm only a modest line-cast away from the surf.
If the city doesn’t restore an amount of marshland that environmental groups consider adequate, plans to revamp the northeast corner of Mission Bay could be tied up in court for years.
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First Known Use of tie up
tie up Synonyms
Synonymsclog, cramp, embarrass, encumber, fetter, handcuff, handicap, hinder, hobble, hog-tie, hold back, hold up, impede, inhibit, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle, short-circuit, stymie, hamper, trammel
Antonymsaid, assist, facilitate, help
Related Wordsbalk, check, constrain, curb, rein, restrain; bind, chain, halter, leash, tether, tie; arrest, brake, delay, retain, retard; barricade, block, blockade, roadblock; bog (down), mire; choke, smother, stifle, strangle, suffocate; baffle, foil, frustrate, stump, thwart; derail, disrupt, sabotage; muzzle, repress, suppress; confine, hedge (in), hem (in)
Near Antonymsclear, make way, open, unclog, unplug, unstop; free, liberate, release, untie; loosen, smooth; encourage, further, promote
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