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[tahy-uhp] /ˈtaɪˌʌp/
a temporary stoppage or slowing of business, traffic, telephone service, etc., as due to a strike, storm, or accident.
the act or state of tying up or the state of being tied up.
an involvement, connection, or entanglement:
the tie-up between the two companies; his tie-up with the crime syndicate.
a mooring place; place where a boat may be tied up.
a cow barn with stalls.
a stall allotted to each cow in such a barn.
Origin of tie-up
First recorded in 1705-15; noun use of verb phrase tie up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Complications arising from the tie-up followed him at every turn.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • A tie-up of cars on the track ahead was accountable for the delay.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Then came the great railroad strike, and the tie-up of the mails.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
  • There was a tie-up on Earth, and the tie-up had to be on the very inside of the Supreme Council!

    Beyond The Thunder H. B. Hickey
  • By eight o'clock it was clear that the tie-up would be only partial.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Could any tie-up with Russia—even a psionic one—stand against that kind of investigation?

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
  • Press the brake of the foot as you roll around the corners to save the collapse and tie-up.

  • The small door where the boys came in, led to a long and narrow passage, between the tie-up and the bay.

  • Freight trains crowded every track in the yard, and the block of twelve hours indicated what a two-day tie-up would mean.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

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