Definition of tie something up in US English:

tie something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Bind or fasten something securely with rope, cord, or string.

    • ‘Not only is it good for dental hygiene but it can also be used as a clothes line, cotton for darning clothes or string for tying things up.’
    • ‘All I needed now, to finish the job, was some string, to tie the joints up ready for the freezer.’
    • ‘The laundry cord was used to tie it up but it has broken too.’
    • ‘She took it, as well as two other blouses, one with strings to tie it up in the front, and the other with strings to tie it up in the back.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the gig, she tied her hair up in a pony tail.’
    • ‘I found some rope that we can use to tie it up and one of us can carry it like a sling on our back.’
    • ‘He tied it up with string and we still made it to school on time, but the venerable Morris was soon traded in for a smart new Austin.’
    • ‘It was too full to ignore any further, so she tied it up, brought it to the apartment garbage chute, and tossed it inside.’
    • ‘When the father had finished transferring the new batch of pigeons to the first bag, and had tied them up securely, he told the boy to put them in the shade of the utility.’
    • ‘But we managed to tie it up with string and continue.’
    1. 1.1 Moor a vessel.
      • ‘Apparently the ship had gotten in a little earlier than usual and they were already tying it up to the docks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gohan tied the boat up while Camille and Marle waited for him.’
      • ‘Peering over his shoulder, he noticed the thick coil of rope he used to tie the boat 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.’
      • ‘He came up from Port Adelaide where the ship was tied up.’
      • ‘And when that went, we just tied the boat up nearby so we could just get in and go.’
    2. 1.2often be tied up Invest or reserve capital so that it is not immediately available for use.
      ‘money tied up in accounts must be left to grow’
      • ‘This is because an equal, if not greater, proportion of our assets are tied up in share-related investments.’
      • ‘For most of them, a huge portion of their net worth is tied up in company stock or company stock options.’
      • ‘I wouldn't want to tie my money up for more than a couple of years.’
      • ‘That means you will have to tie your money up to draw down the full benefits.’
      • ‘He has some money in a building society account, but a lot of his capital is tied up in shares.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most of his cash is tied up in gilts and guaranteed interest accounts, leaving only some free for share investment.’
      • ‘‘The money is tied up for a fixed period, such as five years,’ says Barber.’
      • ‘He had lots of money but most of it was tied up in fairly long term investments.’
      commit, make unavailable, invest long-term
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  • 2Bring something to a satisfactory conclusion; settle.

    ‘he said he had a business deal to tie up’
    • ‘I thought it was pretty good, and tied things up nicely.’
    • ‘Referring to the deal the day after it was tied up, he could barely contain his delight when he said: ‘I love it.’’
    • ‘The ending, when everyone finally goes to Canterbury, ties things up in a satisfactory, almost mystical fashion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All loose ends are tied up satisfactorily without feeling forced or phony.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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