English version

otherwise engaged

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishotherwise engagedotherwise engagedformalBUSY/NOT AVAILABLE busy doing something else I’m afraid I will be otherwise engaged that day. otherwise
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otherwise engagedOonagh was beautiful, but I was ... otherwise engaged.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.They were eating, sleeping, defecating, or otherwise engaged in some momentous enterprise.
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