Arriving Late for a Meeting
Sarah arranged to meet her classmate, James, at 10am to work on their project together. However, she missed the train and arrived late…
James: Hi Sarah, I was just about to leave! You’re almost 45 minutes late…
Sarah: I’m so sorry James! I missed the first train this morning and I had to wait on the next one. Can we start now?
James: Mm… I don’t have much time. I’m going to play football with my friends at 11.45.
Sarah: What time will you be finished?
James: Around 1 o’clock.
Sarah: Can we meet in the café on Henry street then to work on the project? I’ll buy you lunch to make up for being late!
James: Well OK then, I can’t refuse that. Don’t be late!
Sarah: I’ll be there on time, I promise!
To run up against
To experience something difficult and unexpected.
The politicians ran up against strong opposition from the people.
To wrestle with
To try very hard to deal with a problem or a difficult situation.
I wrestled with the decision for a few months before deciding to quit.
To think through
To carefully consider the possible results of doing something.
I need some time think this through before making a decision.
To knuckle down
To start working or studying harder.
He’s going to have to knuckle down if he wants to pass the course.
To talk over
To discuss a
problem or situation
We talked over the
issues in the
making a decision.