Antonyms for ties up

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See how good a coward feels when he ties up a man and whips him like a dog.

He is presented with some rice and paddy, which he ties up in a leaf, and does pūja.

Then you may have heard of a lawsuit which ties up my property.

Will Sam let us have some of that red worsted he ties up his roses with?

But this ties up our whole future, economic and everything else.

Miss Moppet ties up her head in a duster, and sits before the fire.

Once he ties up with us, he's committed to the task of seeing us through.

One grower, not to be outdone by the patient Chinaman or Japanese, in September ties up each chestnut burr in a cloth sack.

Usually this is a minor matter, but it ties up the truck while its puzzled driver tries to locate the trouble.

We are informed in the book of Job that God "ties up his waters in his thick cloud, and the cloud is not rent under them."

WORD ORIGIN

"that with which anything is tied," Old English teag, from Proto-Germanic *taugo (cf. Old Norse taug "tie," tygill "string"), from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (cf. Old English teon "to draw, pull, drag;" see duke (n.)).

Figurative sense is recorded from 1550s. Meaning "equality between competitors" is first found 1670s, from notion of a connecting link (tie-breaker is recorded from 1961). Sense of "necktie, cravat" first recorded 1761. The railway sense of "transverse sleeper" is from 1857, American English.