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tie-up

[tahy-uhp] /ˈtaɪˌʌp/
noun
1.
a temporary stoppage or slowing of business, traffic, telephone service, etc., as due to a strike, storm, or accident.
2.
the act or state of tying up or the state of being tied up.
3.
an involvement, connection, or entanglement:
the tie-up between the two companies; his tie-up with the crime syndicate.
4.
a mooring place; place where a boat may be tied up.
5.
a cow barn with stalls.
6.
a stall allotted to each cow in such a barn.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; noun use of verb phrase tie up
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British Dictionary definitions for tie-up

tie up

verb (adverb)
1.
(transitive) to attach or bind securely with or as if with string, rope, etc
2.
to moor (a vessel)
3.
(transitive; often passive) to engage the attentions of: he's tied up at the moment and can't see you
4.
(transitive; often passive) to conclude (the organization of something): the plans for the trip were tied up well in advance
5.
to come or bring to a complete standstill
6.
(transitive) to invest or commit (funds, etc) and so make unavailable for other uses
7.
(transitive) to subject (property) to conditions that prevent sale, alienation, or other action
noun
8.
a link or connection
9.
(mainly US & Canadian) a standstill
10.
(mainly US & Canadian) an informal term for traffic jam
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