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    tied up AND snowed under

    Hi

    Does "tied up" (I'm tied up) and "snowed under" (I'm snowed under) mean actually one and the same thing - "busy"?

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    Re: tied up AND snowed under

    'Tied up' just suggests that you are busy; you are unable to stop what you are doing at the moment. 'Snowed under' means that you have an enormous amount of work on your hands.

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    Re: tied up AND snowed under

    So is it OK to say: I wanted to go to the cinema yesterday, but I was tied up.

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    Re: tied up AND snowed under

    Yes, as long as the person you are talking to will understand that you were not being restrained by a kidnapper.

    Rover

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