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tie-up

[tahy-uhp]
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noun
  1. a temporary stoppage or slowing of business, traffic, telephone service, etc., as due to a strike, storm, or accident.
  2. the act or state of tying up or the state of being tied up.
  3. an involvement, connection, or entanglement: the tie-up between the two companies; his tie-up with the crime syndicate.
  4. a mooring place; place where a boat may be tied up.
  5. a cow barn with stalls.
  6. a stall allotted to each cow in such a barn.
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Origin of tie-up

First recorded in 1705–15; noun use of verb phrase tie up
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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