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tie sb up

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

(FASTENED)

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).

(NOT AVAILABLE)

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.
Translations of “tie sb up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 捆綁, 把(某人)捆綁起來…
in Chinese (Simplified) 捆绑, 把(某人)捆绑起来…
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