tie-up

tie-up

[tahy-uhp]
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:
1705–15; noun use of verb phrase tie up

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tie-up

noun
1. a social or business relationship; "a valuable financial affiliation"; "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team"; "many close associations with England" [syn: affiliation
2. an interruption of normal activity [syn: stand
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