tie-up

[ tahy-uhp ]
/ ˈtaɪˌʌp /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. tie-dyed,
  2. tie-dyeing,
  3. tie-in,
  4. tie-off rail,
  5. tie-pin,
  6. tieback,
  7. tiebreaker,
  8. tieck,
  9. tieck, ludwig,
  10. tied

Origin of tie-up

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

Origin of tie

before 900; (noun) Middle English te(i)gh cord, rope, Old English tēagh, tēgh, cognate with Old Norse taug rope; (v.) Middle English tien, Old English tīgan, derivative of the noun; compare Old Norse teygja to draw. See tug, tow1

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

Synonym study

22. See bond1.

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British Dictionary definitions for tie up

tie up

verb (adverb)

noun tie-up

tie

/ (taɪ) /

verb ties, tying or tied

noun

See also tie in, tie up

Word Origin for tie

Old English tīgan to tie; related to Old Norse teygja to draw, stretch out, Old English tēon to pull; see tug, tow 1, tight

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Word Origin and History for tie up
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Idioms and Phrases with tie up

tie up

1

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.

2

Impede the progress of, block, as in The accident tied up traffic for hours. [Late 1500s]

3

Keep occupied, engage, as in She was tied up in a meeting all morning. [Late 1800s]

4

Make funds or property inaccessible for other uses, as in Her cash is tied up in government bonds. [Early 1800s]

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