tie up (2)
This page is about the phrasal verb tie up (2)
to make somebody busy with something
- be tied up He'll be tied up all afternoon, but he can see you tomorrow morning.
- be tied up with sth Most of the time Gillian is tied up with day-to-day tasks like managing the office and sorting out staff issues.
Often used in a passive form, such as, "He'll be tied up with clients all morning."
I'm sorry, but you can't see Mr Wrigley today. He's tied up
Contributor: Matt Errey