- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsclosure, interruption, layoff, gridlock, shutdown, down, standstill, obstruction, blockage, discontinuance, occlusion, downtime, deduction, arrest, jam, abeyance, hindrance, stopping, close, immobilization
Examples from the Web for tie-up
Buckling down to tie-up loose ends is key to lightening your mental load.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 9, 2011
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