tie-up

noun
\ ˈtī-ˌəp \

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

verb

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 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

Cooper and Hill taunted the teen with knives and sliced up his sweatshirt, hair and scalp while the teen was tied up and gagged, Lanier said. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Last of 4 defendants pleads guilty to beating teen with disability in livestreamed Facebook attack," 12 July 2018 The Golden State killer terrorized Californians from 1974 to 1986, raping women while their husbands or boyfriends were tied up nearby. CBS News, "Survivor terrorized by Golden State Killer: "We just didn't give up"," 26 Apr. 2018 The twist, for those who have watched until the end, is that this color psychology is all tied up in what haunts Hill House. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 Other plotlines just don’t make sense, like Anakin being a messianic virgin birth destined to save the galaxy or Credence’s secret heritage being tied up with that of the Dumbledore family, timeline be damned. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 Then, everyone divides up into teams with classmates who don’t share their native language and tie up bright red aprons before turning to their recipes. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 In February, even as investigators were tying up years of work, Copeland posted a video of a trip to Los Angeles for the NBA All-Star game. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 charged in heroin wholesaling indictment headed by alleged Milwaukee ringleader 'Joe Millionaire'," 3 July 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice After two seasons in which Mike D'Antoni won the NBA coach of the year and then the most games in Rockets history, the Rockets moved to tie up the loose end in his contract. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets pick up fourth-year option on Mike D'Antoni's contract," 27 June 2018 Both apparent victims faced the camera, their mouths taped and arms pressed together behind their backs, as though tied up. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Tara Calico Mystery: The True Story Behind Notorious Polaroid Showing a Girl and Boy Bound in a Van," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of tie-up

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near tie-up

tie tack

tietick

tie-tie

tie-up

tie up

tie up loose ends

tievine

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tie-up

noun

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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