I’m tied up

to be tied up meaning

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This week I learnt another useful phrase – it was in an email rather than in a conversation, but it doesn’t make it less authentic, I’m sure. I was going to arrange to speak to somebody on Skype to save us sending each other another half a dozen emails. I mentioned I could call right not, but the reply was ‘I’m tied up at the moment, shall we Skype later today?’

The meaning is quite obvious, really, but I think it’s one of those ubiquitous (but handy!) phrasal verbs that can express so much in so few words!

Some more useful examples:

– Oh, is it eleven o’clock already? I got so tied up with sending out these invitations that I didn’t even notice (phrasemix.com).

– Sorry, I’m kind of tied up at the moment. Can I call you back? (phrasemix.com).

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5 thoughts on “I’m tied up

  1. Aquileana says:

    I was going to leave a sort of thoughtful comment here but I can´t now as I’m kind of tied up at the moment. 🙂
    Good to came acroos new phrasal verbs !, Aquileana 🙂

    • juliatsybysheva says:

      Hi Aquileana!
      Thanks for following my blog and it’s good to know you find the phrasal verbs useful – there are so many of them! I’ll make sure to post some more in the nearest future.

      • Aquileana says:

        Hi there again… Yes abs!olutely

        By the way; I have just come across these two pins/posts which I am sure you may find interesting (the blog is also worth reading, so maybe you should take a peak ):

        Wishing you a brill day ahead ! , Aquileana 🙂

      • juliatsybysheva says:

        Thanks! I’ve had a look and it seems very useful!

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