Definition of tie someone (up) in knots in English:

tie someone (up) in knots


  • Make someone completely confused.

    ‘journalists tied themselves in knots trying to define the word’
    • ‘My subconscious is trying to tie me in knots, but it won't work, though I half-wish it would.’
    • ‘A day on the water can calm nerves, rejuvenate the spirit and produce a general feeling of wellbeing, at least until we return to whatever tied us in knots in the first place.’
    • ‘The last time that you and I faced one another in a Committee, in a slightly different atmosphere, you were sitting in the seat that I am sitting in and doing your best to tie me in knots at every opportunity.’
    • ‘I certainly wouldn't let them tie me in knots over the warranty, which probably isn't worth the inaccessible paper it's printed on.’
    • ‘Tedious research is replaced by typing two or three words into that marvellous search machine ‘Google’, and difficult calculations no longer tie us in knots.’
    • ‘I'm sorry, but I think Hunter is tying himself in knots here.’
    • ‘And now the writer's home city of Dublin is tied up in knots over its attempts to celebrate the centenary of the day on which his novel Ulysses is set - June 16, 1904.’
    • ‘I would like to see an insurance policy that always pays out what it promises. Or a home loan that doesn't tie you in knots with options and clauses.’
    • ‘The United States Postal Service is tied in knots.’
    • ‘That the administration had to handle it so carefully is a testament to how much the issue ties them in knots.’