tied up


1. be very occupied with something, or keep someone occupied






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tied up with work/meetings

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If you are 'tied up' you are literally bound by rope and unable to move. The adjective 'tied up' means to be busy or occupied with a task so that you are unable to do something else. This is a popular adjective and a polite way to say you are too busy to do something or to decline an offer to do something. 

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  1. I was hoping to call over to Gary's office this morning, but his secretary said that he was tied up with meetings until the afternoon.
  2. There are a couple of things I really need to go over with you. I know you have a lot on your plate so I promise I won't tie you up for long!
  3. Ever since his promotion, Ian is so tied up with work he barely gets to spend any time with his family. You can tell that it's putting a strain on him.

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  1. I'm sorry I couldn't answer your call earlier. I was tied up in work.
  2. I am running late I'm afraid. I got tied up at home.

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