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English definition of “tie-up”

tie-up

noun [C] uk   /ˈtaɪ.ʌp/ us  

tie-up noun [C] (CONNECTION)

mainly UK a connection or agreement that joins two things or organizations: Cambridge University Press arranged a tie-up with the German publisher Klett.

tie-up noun [C] (DELAY)

US a temporary problem that delays progress, such as too much traffic on the road: I missed my flight because of a tie-up on the interstate.
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