Translation of "tie sb up" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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tie sb up

phrasal verb with tie uk /taɪ/ us /taɪ/ verb present participle tying, past tense and past participle tied


B2 to make a person unable to move by tying a rope or something similar around their body or part of their body

The burglars had tied him up (to the bed). 窃贼们把他绑了起来(窃贼们把他绑在了床上)。


When someone is tied up, they are busy or prevented from doing something, such as speaking to someone or going somewhere, because of being involved in another event or activity.

I'm afraid we can't meet till Wednesday - I'm tied up on Monday and Tuesday. 恐怕我们要到周三才能碰头——我周一和周二都脱不开身。
Mrs Moran is tied up in a meeting at the moment, but I'll ask her to call you later. 莫兰夫人现在正开会脱不开身,我会告诉她稍后给你打电话的。

(Translation of “tie sb up” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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