tie up
 v. phr.— «Straining runners are in danger of “tying up,” the term for the destabilization of their form when they reach a point at which their muscles can no longer perform with the same intensity.» —“Ginn Jr.‘s career on the fast track” by Bill Livingston Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio) Oct. 21, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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