Origin of tie-up
Definition for tie up (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), tied, ty·ing.
verb (used without object), tied, ty·ing.
- to connect or be connected; be consistent: His story ties in with the facts.
- Surveying. to establish the position of (a point not part of a survey control).
- to make a tie-in, especially in advertising or a sale: The paperback book is tied in with the movie of the same title.
- to fasten securely by tying.
- to wrap; bind.
- to hinder; impede.
- to bring to a stop; make inactive.
- to invest or place (money) in such a way as to render unavailable for other uses.
- to place (property) under such conditions or restrictions as to prevent sale or alienation.
- to moor a ship.
- to engage or occupy completely: I can't see you now, I'm all tied up.
Origin of tie
SYNONYMS FOR tie
Related formsre·tie, verb (used with object), re·tied, re·ty·ing.un·der·tie, nounun·der·tie, verb (used with object), un·der·tied, un·der·ty·ing.well-tied, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for tie up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for tie up (2 of 2)
verb ties, tying or tied
- to execute (two successive notes of the same pitch) as though they formed one note of composite time value
- to connect (two printed notes) with a tie
- an equality in score, attainment, etc, in a contest
- the match or competition in which such a result is attained
Word Origin for tie
Idioms and Phrases with tie up
Fasten securely; also, moor a ship. For example, Can you help me tie up these bundles? or The forecast was terrible, so we decided to tie up at the dock and wait out the storm. The first usage dates from the early 1500s, the nautical usage from the mid-1800s.
Impede the progress of, block, as in The accident tied up traffic for hours. [Late 1500s]
Keep occupied, engage, as in She was tied up in a meeting all morning. [Late 1800s]
Make funds or property inaccessible for other uses, as in Her cash is tied up in government bonds. [Early 1800s]