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Definition of tie-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slowdown or stoppage of traffic, business, or operation (as by a mechanical breakdown)
2 : connection, association helpful financial tie-ups
3a : a cow stable also : a space for a single cow in a stable
b : a mooring place for a boat

tie up

tied up; tying up or tieing up; ties up

Definition of tie up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to attach, fasten, or bind securely also : to wrap up and fasten
2a : to connect closely : join tie up the loose ends
b : to cause to be linked so as to depend on or relate to something
3a : 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
4a : 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 entry 2 the ferry ties up at the south slip
2 : to assume a definite relationship this ties up with what I told you before

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Examples of tie-up in a Sentence

Verb an accident is tying up traffic at 5th and Broadway
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For weeks afterward, the workers will tie up loose ends, making sure everything is back in order and arranged neatly in the warehouse. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "In San Antonio’s super-busy election season, they all ‘call Joe’," 2 Nov. 2020 But the Bruins scored three straight of their own to tie up the match. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Timpview beats rival Mountain View in 5 thrilling sets for 5A volleyball title," 8 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, Tevis never wrote a sequel to the novel, and the Netflix adaptation ends where the book ends, leaving few loose ends for the source material to tie up. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will There Be A Season 2 of The Queen’s Gambit?," 30 Oct. 2020 A few days ago, one man threatened to kidnap, tie up and torture his young son. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Breonna Taylor shooting 'had nothing to do with race,' officer says in exclusive interview," 21 Oct. 2020 The idea behind this phenomenon is that more people can now enjoy the outdoors without first learning how to build a fire, assemble a tent or tie up a bear bag. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Camping goes mainstream: Glamping and RVs help make outdoor overnights effortless," 27 Oct. 2020 With this year’s surge in demand for new homes, builders and land developers are scurrying to tie up sites for additional residential communities in Dallas' northern suburbs. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Denton County land sale will bring hundreds of homes," 16 Oct. 2020 In the latest episode of Windy City Rehab, Alison Victoria tries to tie up loose ends after ending her partnership with contractor and developer Donovan Eckhardt. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Alison Victoria Explains Why She Filed a Lawsuit Against Donovan Eckhardt," 14 Oct. 2020 There’s the potential for even bigger deals to come, with shares in Societe Generale SA and BNP Paribas SA rising Monday on analyst speculation about a potential tie up between the two French companies. Marion Halftermeyer, Bloomberg.com, "Europe’s Long-Awaited Wave of Bank M&A Starts to Reshape Sector," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of tie-up


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Tie-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tie-up. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tie-up

chiefly US : a situation in which something (such as traffic) becomes very slow or stops because of a problem, accident, etc.
: a close connection between people or things
: an agreement to do business together

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