secure with or as if with ropes;
"tie down the prisoners"
"tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"
invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes;
"All my money is tied up in long-term investments"
restrain from moving or operating normally;
"Traffic is tied up for miles around the bridge where the accident occurred"
secure in or as if in a berth or dock;
"tie up the boat"
finish the last row
- This project tied up a great deal of manpower.
- It's been taken up too much time.
- The steel strike may hold up the production of cars for several months.
- Plateaus are one of the main reasons I suspect bloggers decide to give up.