- Tie-up is defined as a temporary stop or slow down.
An example of a tie-up is a traffic jam on a highway.
tie-up definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- ☆ a temporary stoppage or interruption of work, production, traffic, service, etc.
- ☆ a place for mooring a boat
- ☆ Dialectal a place for tying up cattle at night
- connection, relation, or involvement
tie-up definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A temporary immobilization, as of traffic, work, or mechanical operation.
tie-up - Phrases/Idioms
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]