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  • v. To secure with rope, string, etc.
  • v. To occupy, detain, keep busy, or delay.
  • v. To complete, finish, or resolve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
  • v. restrain from moving or operating normally
  • v. secure with or as if with ropes
  • v. secure in or as if in a berth or dock
  • v. finish the last row


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  • I could take out the wife while you get the tuxedo, tie up your pops, cut up some magazines, and make a note for the police—


  • We take off the husks nice and clean, strip off all the silk and tie up the fother in nice little sheaves.

    John and Mary; or, The Fugitive Slaves, a Tale of South-Eastern Pennsylvania

  • Misfile documents, tie up the phones, flirt with delivery boys?


  • It was a string of plastic wild-West storefronts just the right size for jointed plastic cowboy doll Johnny West and his sidekicks to live in and tie up their horses in front of.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • It was just as they reached the steps that Laura, lingering a moment to tie up her shoe-lace, spotted an unfamiliar car coming slowly along the back drive.

    Laurels are Poison

  • This they commonly tie up in a parcel; (either a bit, worth six pence; or half a bit's-worth) and bring it to town, or to the market, to sell.

    The Life of Olaudah Equiano Or Gustavus Vassa The African

  • Brother Jimmy-Joe Billy-Bob nodded and moved the canoe in to tie up to a rusted girder.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • But there was Uncle Fliakim, – wal, to be sure the gals could n't tie up their shoes without he was a lookin '; but then, come to railly doin anythin', it was only a snap, and he was off again.

    Oldtown Folks

  • (By permission of Messrs Macmillan & Co.) for example, the use of red flannel by old-fashioned folk with which to tie up sore throats -- red having once been supposed to be a colour very angatonistic to evil spirits; so much so that at one time red cloth hung in the patient's room was much employed as a cure for smallpox!

    Bygone Beliefs

  • We landed, and of course we neglected to tie up the catamaran, which floated off down the river.



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