Meaning of “tie sb up” in the English Dictionary

"tie sb up" in British English

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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

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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.
Mrs Moran is tied up in a meeting at the moment, but I'll ask her to call you later.

(Definition of “tie sb up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tie sb up" in Business English

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tie sb up

phrasal verb with tie uk /taɪ/ us verb tying, tied, tied

if someone is tied up, they are busy and not available:

The CEO will be tied up in a meeting all day.

(Definition of “tie sb up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)