English version

tie up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtie up phrasal verb1 person tie somebody ↔ upTIE to tie someone’s arms, legs etc so that they cannot move syn bind πŸ”Š The intruders tied Kurt up and left him.2 object tie something ↔ upTIE to fasten something together, using string, rope etc πŸ”Š He tied up all the old newspapers.3 busy be tied upBUSY/NOT AVAILABLE to be very busy, so that you cannot do anything else πŸ”Š I can’t see you tomorrow – I’ll be tied up all day.4 traffic/phone/court etc tie something ↔ upTTC especially American English to block a system or use it so much that other people cannot use it or it does not work effectively β†’ tie-up πŸ”Š Don’t tie up the phone lines making personal calls. πŸ”Š Protesters tied up the traffic for three hours today.5 money be tied upMONEY if your money is tied up in something, it is all being used for that thing and is not available for anything elsebe tied up in πŸ”Š My money’s all tied up in the house.6 arrangements tie something ↔ upFINISH DOING something to finish arranging all the details of something such as an agreement or a plan syn finalize πŸ”Š We’d better tie up the details with a solicitor.7 be tied up with somethingCONNECTED WITH to be very closely related to something syn be linked to πŸ”Š The shortage of teachers is tied up with the issue of pay.8 tie up loose endsFINISH DOING something to do the things that are necessary in order to finish a piece of work πŸ”Š I need to tie up a few loose ends before I go on vacation.9 animal tie something ↔ up to tie an animal to something with a rope, chain etc syn tethertie something ↔ up to πŸ”Š She left the dog tied up to a tree.10 boatTTW to tie a boat to something with a rope, chain etc syn moor πŸ”Š We tied up alongside a barge.tie something ↔ up πŸ”Š There was a boat tied up at the jetty. β†’ tieβ†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
tie upβ€’ Clara tied up all the books again and put the bundle under the desk.β€’ The soldiers tied them up and beat them.β€’ Mrs Bennett had been tied up and left in the back of the van.β€’ I put the coins in a piece of cloth, tied it up and put the package in my bag.be tied upβ€’ "May I speak to Professor Smithers?" "I'm sorry. He's tied up at the moment."β€’ I'm sorry, he's tied up at the moment. Could you call back later?β€’ I can't see you tomorrow, I'm tied up all day.β€’ No point in fixing dates when television's cameras are tied up elsewhere.β€’ Its fixed-interest bond pays 11.50 percent net provided the money is tied up for at least 12 months.. Key move on cards.β€’ Her hair was tied up in a hair net and the hat was removed and placed to the right of her chest.β€’ Most of this is tied up in grants, salaries and existing programmes, some of them five years long.β€’ The Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow are destroyed, and the Lion is tied up in your yard.β€’ Our identity is tied up with being some one who never achieves these goals.β€’ The others were tied up with sickness, special duties, leave and - a key problem - court attendance.β€’ On completion day, the legal ends are tied up, you collect the keys and move into your new home.tie inβ€’ Her hair was tied up in a hair net and the hat was removed and placed to the right of her chest.β€’ No more than 10 percent of total investment to be tied up in any one company. 2.β€’ Her platinum hair, with its dark roots, was tied up in dozens of tiny pigtails.β€’ Most of this is tied up in grants, salaries and existing programmes, some of them five years long.β€’ Traffic was tied up in most of downtown Washington until early afternoon.β€’ Our mental images of ourselves are tied up in our body image.β€’ The Great Bane was tied up in the yard.β€’ The Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow are destroyed, and the Lion is tied up in your yard.be tied up with somethingβ€’ The trouble is, he's going to be tied up with all this now.β€’ Our identity is tied up with being some one who never achieves these goals.β€’ Christianity in Africa is tied up with its colonial past.β€’ The others were tied up with sickness, special duties, leave and - a key problem - court attendance.β€’ Some of these are tied up with the conception of crime itself; and will be dealt with in the next section.β€’ For many, aspiration to higher things through promotion was tied up with the idea of a larger wage-packet.β€’ Apart from that, everyone else is tied up with this extraordinary business at the Savoy.tie up loose endsβ€’ There are still a few loose ends to tie up before we have an agreement.β€’ His new movie will tie up some of the loose ends from the last one.
tie-upˈtie-up noun [countable] informal πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 BBAGREEan agreement to become business partnerstie-up with πŸ”Š IBM’s tie-up with Auspex System Inc2 British EnglishCONNECTED WITH a strong connection between two or more thingstie-up between πŸ”Š the tie-up between class interests and politics3 American EnglishTTC a situation in which traffic is prevented from moving or there is a problem which prevents a system or plan from working β†’ tie up at tie1
Examples from the Corpus
tie-upβ€’ It is also contemplating tie-ups with software houses or large user organisations abroad.β€’ The eight-day tie-up has been an agreed method within the Community during the current year.β€’ The Apple/IBM/Novell tie-up will result in Object Management Group-compliant technology drawn from existing internal projects.β€’ Indeed the whole colour market is rapidly moving upwards beyond the reach of the amateur following Adobe's tie-up with Scitex.β€’ He may consolidate his position by entering into a merger of sorts with Carlton when the Government permits such tie-ups in 1994.β€’ The tie-up could send a chill through Bill Gates since it gives Novell an interesting point of entry to the enterprise.β€’ The tie-up with petrochemicals is logical.β€’ frustrating traffic tie-ups
From Longman Business Dictionarytie up phrasal verb [transitive]1tie ↔ something up to use money for something so that it is not easily available to be used for anything elseThese securities could be a good choice for investors who can afford to tie up their money for two to seven years.tie ↔ something up inHer cash is all tied up in real estate.The bank had too high a percentage of its assets, about 20%, tied up in one borrower.2to use a telephone line so that it cannot be used for anything else or by anyone elseWith broadband, your phone line will never need to be tied up again.3be tied up to be very busy so that you do not have time to see someone or to do somethingI can’t see you tomorrow β€” I’m going to be tied up all day.4to finish arranging all the details of a contract, deal, or planOur sales team were able to tie up a new contract.5American English to block the movement of vehicles or people so that they cannot move freelyThere’s a free roadside service for stranded vehicles that tie up traffic. β†’ tieβ†’ See Verb tabletie-upˈtie-up noun [countable]COMMERCE an agreement to become business partnerstie-up withThe company says that a tie-up with a foreign major is now on the cards.
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Verb table
tie
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theytie
he, she, itties
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theytied
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave tied
he, she, ithas tied
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad tied
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill tie
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have tied
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam tying
he, she, itis tying
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you, we, theyare tying
Past
I, he, she, itwas tying
you, we, theywere tying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been tying
he, she, ithas been tying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been tying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be tying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been tying
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