Definition of tie something up in English:

tie something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Moor a boat.

    ‘they found two boats tied up alongside the wharf’
    • ‘And when that went, we just tied the boat up nearby so we could just get in and go.’
    • ‘Gohan tied the boat up while Camille and Marle waited for him.’
    • ‘But at the end of the first week in January, the weather is blowing hard and all boats are tied up.’
    • ‘Amy tied the boat up carefully at the dock once they arrived, and they all stood for a moment, looking out at the Island in the distance.’
    • ‘Fishing boats were tied up last week as crews earned a well-earned rest after a long haul from the last decent break at Christmas.’
    • ‘Peering over his shoulder, he noticed the thick coil of rope he used to tie the boat up.’
    • ‘Apparently the ship had gotten in a little earlier than usual and they were already tying it up to the docks.’
    • ‘This week the container ship Southern Express arrived in port at the same time as a number of longline fishing vessels were tied up at the wharf.’
    • ‘He came up from Port Adelaide where the ship was tied up.’
    • ‘Into the 1860s at least, because of the seasonality of the tourist trade, most boats were tied up, out of service, for more than half the year.’
  • 2Invest or reserve capital so that it is not immediately available for use.

    ‘money tied up in accounts must be left to grow’
    • ‘That means you will have to tie your money up to draw down the full benefits.’
    • ‘He had lots of money but most of it was tied up in fairly long term investments.’
    • ‘One also has to consider risks as well as how long your money is tied up.’
    • ‘You must usually tie your money up for the full term to benefit from capital protection.’
    • ‘I wouldn't want to tie my money up for more than a couple of years.’
    • ‘This is because an equal, if not greater, proportion of our assets are tied up in share-related investments.’
    • ‘‘The money is tied up for a fixed period, such as five years,’ says Barber.’
    • ‘Most of his cash is tied up in gilts and guaranteed interest accounts, leaving only some free for share investment.’
    • ‘For most of them, a huge portion of their net worth is tied up in company stock or company stock options.’
    • ‘He has some money in a building society account, but a lot of his capital is tied up in shares.’
    commit, make unavailable, invest long-term
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  • 3Bring something to a satisfactory conclusion; settle.

    ‘he said he had a business deal to tie up’
    • ‘Referring to the deal the day after it was tied up, he could barely contain his delight when he said: ‘I love it.’’
    • ‘I understand that loose ends had to be left for sequels, but the film seemed to pretend that said ends were tied up, making for a confusing conclusion to the movie.’
    • ‘They probably realise that it is unlikely that they will be in office after the next election, and so they will see the benefit of tying this matter up in the courts.’
    • ‘It is understood the deal will be tied up within the next three months or so - despite indications that such a move would not be popular in the City.’
    • ‘The bulk of the loose ends are tied up in a kind of satisfying way.’
    • ‘At number two for Wigginton Paul Hargrave coasted to victory over David Campion tying the game up 3-0 for points.’
    • ‘I've heard about Middlesbrough coming in but to be honest, as far as we are concerned, we are confident the deal can be tied up.’
    • ‘All loose ends are tied up satisfactorily without feeling forced or phony.’
    • ‘The ending, when everyone finally goes to Canterbury, ties things up in a satisfactory, almost mystical fashion.’
    • ‘I thought it was pretty good, and tied things up nicely.’
    finalize, conclude, bring to a conclusion, wind up, wrap up, complete, finish off, seal, set the seal on, settle, secure, clinch
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