Meaning of “be tied up” - Learner’s Dictionary

be tied up

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

to be very busy and unable to speak to anyone, go anywhere, etc:

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

(Definition of “be tied up” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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