English version

be otherwise engaged

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe otherwise engagedbe otherwise engagedformalBUSY/NOT AVAILABLE to be unable to do something because you are doing something else engaged
Examples from the Corpus
be otherwise engagedDuffy, who was otherwise engaged, has been replaced by another actor.The people in the town who may need a spot of positive thinking more than anybody else will be otherwise engaged.The two leaders went to military headquarters for confirmation and were told that the staff were otherwise engaged.This satisfies him and allows the other adventurers to run and escape automatically while the Champion is otherwise engaged.
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