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    Question A business meeting had "run over"?

    It is a story about the relation between a couple. It says that the husband is always late for the dinner.

    Here is an extract from it: "I was running late again for the dinner appointment with my wife... , but to my relief, I had a good excuse: A business meeting had run over and I'd wasted no time getting to the dinner."

    What does "run over" mean in this sentence? Be over? But I can't find such a meaning for the phrase in the dictionary. Thanks for help!

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    Re: A business meeting had "run over"?

    It ran over time. The meeting ran past the time it was due to end.

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    Re: A business meeting had "run over"?

    A more common expression would be overrun.

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    Re: A business meeting had "run over"?

    In the US we say it the way it's written originally.

    Sorry I'm late. The last meeting ran over.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A business meeting had "run over"?

    You might also hear "The meeting ran on", The meeting went/ran over time" and "The meeting finished late" in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A business meeting had "run over"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "The meeting finished late" in BrE.
    This one is probably universal - nothing figurative about it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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