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Noun: tie-up  tI úp
  1. A social or business relationship
    "a valuable financial tie-up";
    - affiliation, association, tie
     
  2. An interruption of normal activity
    - stand, standstill
Verb: tie up
  1. Secure with (or as if with) ropes in order to prevent movement or escape
    "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed";
    - tie down, bind, truss
     
  2. Invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
    "All my money is tied up in long-term investments"
     
  3. Restrain from moving or operating normally
    "Traffic is tied up for miles around the bridge where the accident occurred"
     
  4. Secure in or as if in a berth or dock
    "tie up the boat";
    - moor, berth
     
  5. (knitting) finish the last row
    - bind off

Derived forms: tie-ups, tied up, tying up, ties up

Type of: bind, block, close up, commit, confine, fasten, fix, halt, hold, impede, invest, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude, place, put, relationship, restrain, secure, stop, tie

Encyclopedia: Tie-up