1. There was a lot of traffic.:
a common sentence used to show that there were many cars on the way to someplace
- I am sorry that I am late. There was a lot of traffic.
- It took us a long time to get there because there was a lot of traffic.
2. an excuse:
a reason or explanation why something bad happened
- She is always late, and she always has an excuse.
- He gave me an excuse for why he didn't finish his homework. He told me his dog was sad, so he had to play with this dog. What a ridiculous excuse!