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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytie up
he/she/itties up
present participletying up
past tensetied up
past participletied up
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to tie the ends of something together
    Tie up your shoelaces before you trip over them.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to fasten an animal to something such as a post
      This is where you tie up your horse.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to fasten rope around someone so that they cannot move or escape
      They tied him up and locked him in the cellar.
    3. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] to fasten a boat to something, or to be fastened to something
      The bigger cruisers tie up at the island’s western end.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make all the arrangements that are necessary for a deal or an agreement to be completed
    I’ve just tied up arrangements for a bank loan.
  3. 3
    tie up (the) loose ends to deal with the last few things that have to be done before you can finish something
    We’ve just got a few loose ends to tie up and then the report will be ready.
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