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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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preoccupied
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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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  • Fred’s words took a moment to penetrate Mrs Weasley’s preoccupation with pyjamas.
  • Ron was staring up at the high windows, looking slightly preoccupied.
  • Harry knew Ron was too preoccupied with how badly he had performed at Quidditch practice and he himself was having difficulty in getting the ’Gryffindor are losers’ chant out of his head.
  • Ron smoothed his hair flat again, looking preoccupied.
  • Ron smoothed his hair flat again, looking preoccupied.
  • This suited Harry very UWLS OZJ well; he was quite busy and tense enough without extra classes with Snape, and to his relief Hermione was much too preoccupied these days to badger him about Occlumency; she was spending a lot of time muttering to herself, and had not laid out any elf clothes for days.
  • This suited Harry very well; he was quite busy and tense enough without extra classes with Snape, and to his relief Hermione was much too preoccupied these days to badger him about Occlumency; she was spending a lot of time muttering to herself, and had not laid out any elf clothes for days.

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  • The matter preoccupies her completely—she cannot think of anything else
  • got no help from his wife who was preoccupied with the children

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