- 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 homeMore example sentences
- 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 dayMore example sentences
occupy, engage, keep busy
- 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.