Meaning of “tie up something” in the English Dictionary

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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)