Running late

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Definition

to be running late: to be behind schedule, not to be on time
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Note, in this expression the verb to run is always in the progressive form ("be" + "-ing" verb).

I'm running a little late. Could we meet at 4:30 instead of 4:00?

You are 9 seconds late!: You have arrived 9 seconds after the scheduled time!
idiom

Examples

  • "But to be completely honest with you Miss DeLune, I was a few minutes late myself."
  • "Brian : Mr. Delavigne is running a bit late."
  • "Make sure you're on time to welcome him. Go ahead and start without me, I'm running a bit late."
  • "Polly : Mr. Delavigne is running a bit late."
  • "Trey : I was so relieved when your secretary told me you were running late as well."

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