Well, the only way Dexter could have been tied up in a bow was if the last episode would have been the last episode of Season 4.
Too much of your income is tied up in long-term fixed obligations which cannot be shed without major financial repercussions.
Huge parts of the global economy, from tomatoes to electronics to American military contracting, are tied up with forced labor.
Now, was Tim too tied up with Batman Returns to have much of a hand in this once the production process began?
Well, 52,000 Americans died, and it was also tied up in the 1960s protest movement.
They were tied up in sheets, and my own impression is that they were stolen.
For our relief I tied up the horses for some time before letting them go.
He scarcely needed anything more—not even his traveling cloak, which lay bundled unnoticed in a corner, tied up in its many knots.
On the south side of the pier a man had just tied up a motor-boat.
They kept me tied up behind the door by day, and let me loose at night.
"that with which anything is tied," Old English teag, from Proto-Germanic *taugo (cf. Old Norse taug "tie," tygill "string"), from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (cf. Old English teon "to draw, pull, drag;" see duke (n.)).
Figurative sense is recorded from 1550s. Meaning "equality between competitors" is first found 1670s, from notion of a connecting link (tie-breaker is recorded from 1961). Sense of "necktie, cravat" first recorded 1761. The railway sense of "transverse sleeper" is from 1857, American English.
Old English tigan, tiegan, from the source of tie (n.). Related: Tied; tying. Tie-dye first attested 1904. Tie one on "get drunk" is recorded from 1951. In the noun sense of "connection," tie-in dates from 1934.
To go on a drinking spree; get drunk: You still tie a bag on now and again (1940s+)