tie traffic up

tie traffic up

To force cars to go slowly or come to a stop on the road; to cause a traffic jam. Some cattle got onto the highway and tied traffic up for most of the morning. Hey, buddy—get a move on! You're tying traffic up!
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tie traffic up

Fig. to cause road traffic to stop. If you tie traffic up for too long, you'll get a traffic ticket. Please don't stop on the roadway. It'll tie up traffic.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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