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English definition of “tie sth up”

tie sth up

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

(FASTENED)

to fasten something together using string, rope, or something similar: Could you tie up the parcel for me?

(NOT AVAILABLE)

to cause something, often money or possessions, not to be available for use: All my money is tied up in property. He tied up the printer all morning, printing out his reports.
(Definition of tie sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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