tie up something Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “tie up something” in the English Dictionary

"tie up something" in American English

See all translations

tie up something

phrasal verb with tie  us   /tɑɪ/ verb (present participle tying, past tense and past participle tied)
  • (HOLD)

to hold something with string or rope: Tie your newspapers up with string. Thieves tied up the night watchman.

tie up something

phrasal verb with tie  us   /tɑɪ/ verb (present participle tying, past tense and past participle tied)
  • (LIMIT MOVEMENT)

to limit someone’s or something’s movement or use: It’s a good investment, but your money will be tied up for a long time. Sorry I’m late – I got tied up in traffic.
(Definition of tie up something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tie up something?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“tie up something” in American English

    A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
    A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
    by ,
    May 04, 2016
    by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

    Read More 

    Word of the Day

    droid

    a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

    Word of the Day

    trigger warning noun
    trigger warning noun
    May 02, 2016
    a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

    Read More