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    #1

    I was held up.

    What do you mean by "held up" here? Stuck in traffic or somewhere? Can it be anything?

    W: Don't tell me you forgot about the meeting.
    M : Never, I was held up.

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    #2

    Re: I was held up.

    Only more context can tell us for sure.

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    #3

    Re: I was held up.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can it be anything?
    not a teacher

    Yes, though the implication is that, while M's tardiness was M's responsibilty, it was out of M's control (i.e. not M's fault). If not, M might have replied "I got lost." or "You told me the wrong time." or "I had something more important to do."

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