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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. 2017.
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  • A tie-up of cars on the track ahead was accountable for the delay.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • By eight o'clock it was clear that the tie-up would be only partial.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Complications arising from the tie-up followed him at every turn.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • Press the brake of the foot as you roll around the corners to save the collapse and tie-up.

  • The suddenness of the strike and the completeness of the tie-up are things quite unprecedented in this part of the country.

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

  • Again we discover the tie-up between fascist organizations in the United States and those to the south of us.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • The crowded yard, as they pulled through it, showed the tie-up of the day's traffic.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • A tie-up at such a time would rob him of all he had gained by beating Mascola at El Diablo.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton

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