Definition of tie someone up in English:

tie someone up

1Bind someone’s legs and arms together or bind someone to something so that they cannot move or escape: robbers tied her up and ransacked her home
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  • He tied him up before attacking and binding the two other members of staff.
  • Miss Lees was tied up but managed to escape and hid from the gunman for several hours while he searched for her with his dog.
  • The robbers held them at gunpoint and tied them up before escaping with a substantial amount of jewellery.
1.1 (usually be tied up) informal Occupy someone to the exclusion of any other activity: she would be tied up at the meeting all day
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  • They don't take part in all the trial proceedings not because they are lazy but because they are tied up with other engagements.
  • So you would be tied up in legal proceedings, rather than attending to a very serious health issue?
  • I didn't get a chance to dance with you last night; you were tied up with some man all evening.
occupy, engage, keep busy
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