tie-up

noun
\ ˈtī-ˌəp How to pronounce tie-up (audio) \

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
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 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

The boats, tied up next to one another along the edge of the beach, were kissing. Lily Tuck, WSJ, "‘Arturo’s Island’ Review: Childhood’s End," 22 Feb. 2019 Most folks were too busy, though, tied up with other commitments. Matt Ortile, SELF, "Whenever My Life Feels Out of Control, I Go to Ballet Class," 16 Aug. 2018 Their gestures, though, sparked controversy and earned a sanction from FIFA, soccer's governing body, which plays an awkward role trying to keep politics out of a sport inextricably tied up with political passions. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a celebration of cosmopolitanism, until it isn’t," 4 July 2018 How is the mattress company tied up with a bit of London history? Perry Garfinkel, New York Times, "The Art of Making a Bespoke Mattress," 29 June 2018 Frisch's is a family restaurant and there are lots of memories tied up with meals shared over the tables at the Frisch's restaurants across the community. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Five reasons Cincinnati loves Frisch's," 6 June 2018 Three harbor Department boats tied up at the dock floated away but were recovered without damage. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 24, 1960: Tsunami reaches San Diego," 24 May 2018 There are billions of dollars tied up and pension funds and other investments associated with private insurance company investments. Holly Otterbein, Philly.com, "A Q&A Larry Arata, a teacher who ran for Congress to fight the opioid crisis | #PA5," 14 May 2018 Police said armed intruders tied up a resident and stole his guns during a home invasion in Vernon. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Vernon Police Say They're Looking For Trio Of Gun-Stealing Intruders," 27 Apr. 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

tietick

tie-tie

tie up

tie-up

tie up loose ends

tievine

tiewig

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The first known use of tie-up was in 1530

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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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