Definition of tie something up in English:

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tie something up

1Moor a boat: they found two boats tied up alongside the wharf
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  • Into the 1860s at least, because of the seasonality of the tourist trade, most boats were tied up, out of service, for more than half the year.
  • But at the end of the first week in January, the weather is blowing hard and all boats are tied up.
  • Amy tied the boat up carefully at the dock once they arrived, and they all stood for a moment, looking out at the Island in the distance.
2Invest or reserve capital so that it is not immediately available for use: money tied up in accounts must be left to grow
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  • One also has to consider risks as well as how long your money is tied up.
  • He has some money in a building society account, but a lot of his capital is tied up in shares.
  • This is because an equal, if not greater, proportion of our assets are tied up in share-related investments.
commit, make unavailable, invest long-term
3Bring something to a satisfactory conclusion; settle: he said he had a business deal to tie up
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  • It is understood the deal will be tied up within the next three months or so - despite indications that such a move would not be popular in the City.
  • I've heard about Middlesbrough coming in but to be honest, as far as we are concerned, we are confident the deal can be tied up.
  • Referring to the deal the day after it was tied up, he could barely contain his delight when he said: ‘I love it.’
finalize, conclude, bring to a conclusion, wind up, wrap up, complete, finish off, seal, set the seal on, settle, secure, clinch
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