Definition of Tie up

1. Verb. Secure with or as if with ropes. "They want to tie up the prisoners "; "Tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"

Exact synonyms: Bind, Tie Down, Truss
Specialized synonyms: Chain Up, Faggot, Faggot Up, Fagot, Faggot, Fagot, Hog-tie
Generic synonyms: Confine, Hold, Restrain
Entails: Fasten, Fix, Secure
Derivative terms: Bindable

2. Verb. Invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes. "All my money is tied up in long-term investments"
Generic synonyms: Commit, Invest, Place, Put

3. Verb. Restrain from moving or operating normally. "Traffic is tied up for miles around the bridge where the accident occurred"
Generic synonyms: Block, Close Up, Impede, Jam, Obstruct, Obturate, Occlude
Derivative terms: Tie-up

4. Verb. Secure in or as if in a berth or dock. "Tie up the boat"
Exact synonyms: Berth, Moor
Specialized synonyms: Wharf
Generic synonyms: Fasten, Fix, Secure
Derivative terms: Berth, Mooring

5. Verb. Finish the last row.
Exact synonyms: Bind Off
Category relationships: Knit, Knitting, Knitwork
Generic synonyms: Bind, Tie

Definition of Tie up

1. Verb. To secure with rope, string, etc. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To occupy, detain, keep busy, or delay. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic) To complete, finish, or resolve. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tie Up

tie back
tie beam
tie clip
tie down
tie dye
tie in
tie ins
tie one on
tie rack
tie receptor tyrosine kinase
tie rod
tie someone's hands
tie tack
tie tacks
tie the knot
tie up (current term)
tie up loose ends
tie wrap
tieback wall

Literary usage of Tie up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1768)
"... the women ana g'r'i »an all together into a back apartment to tie up their hair—^and the young men to the door to ..."

2. Principles of Economics by Frank William Taussig (1921)
"Worse begets worse, and a state of something like civil war is threatened. The "tie-up" is analogous to violence and often accompanied by it ..."

3. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"... clear evening air, and knew that peace had come again. At the bridge-head they waved me forward with gestures of welcome. " tie up your 'orse," shouted ..."

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