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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.
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.
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.
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.
Brother Jimmy-Joe Billy-Bob nodded and moved the canoe in to tie up to a rusted girder.
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.
(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!
We landed, and of course we neglected to tie up the catamaran, which floated off down the river.