tie up
verb Date: 1530 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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