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English definition of “tie-up”

tie-up

noun [C] (DELAY)    /ˈtaɪ.ʌp/ 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.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
(Definition of tie-up noun (DELAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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