I'm having difficulty with understanding this phrase:

sorry, I've been in a fairly deep recently

Is this statement cut off as not making greater sense to me? That was a response to my message.

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    It's not a standard phrase, just something off the cuff, and maybe with a typo (the "a" is unexpected). It means "sorry I haven't been responsive, I've been quite busy".
    – Dan Bron
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 9:37
  • Thanks so much for quick response. Your suggestion makes sense to the overall situation.
    – Sky
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 10:00
  • If it were in a spoken context (vocal message), I wonder if one could interpret "a" as "huh", a mark of hesitation? Commented May 22, 2016 at 11:17

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To be "in deep" can be understood as:

inextricably involved in or committed to a situation. "He knew that he was in deep when his things began to proliferate in her apartment"

Your sentence looks like a variation on it. Sometimes, a "strong" or negative word is omitted in spoken sentences, which in this situation could have been depression, as suggested, or illness, trouble.

Source: Oxford dictionaries


That looks like a typo. It doesn't mean anything. Looks like someone was writing something like

I've been in a fairly deep depression

  • Thank you. It completes the above suggestion, somethings going on there, no doubts. Much appreciated.
    – Sky
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 10:03

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