Is there an idiomatic equivalent in Spanish for “to have other fish to fry”?

have other fish to fry: "To have more important things to do"

In the two romance languages I am familiar with, this idiom is related to cats:

In French: avoir d'autres chats à fouetter - to have other cats to whip
In Italian: avere altre gatte da pelare - to have other cats to skin

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I can't think of anything else than the literal to "to have more important things to do":

"Tener cosas más importantes que hacer"

The fish and cats idioms are surely not directly translatable into Spanish.


Tener otras cosas que hacer

Tener cosas más importantes que hacer

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