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    #1

    finishing politely a tiring discussion

    When you have a discussion that you find uninteresting, useless or tiring, what phrases do you say to finish it without being impolite? Make up some excuse like I have to go or I don't really have time? What if the discussion is online and the excuses like I have to go don't work? What do you say?
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    Re: finishing politely a tiring discussion

    Very common, polite and ironic is

    "I'd better let you go now."

    The implication is that you rather than the other person are responsible for dragging out the conversation.

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    #3

    Re: finishing politely a tiring discussion

    I like it.

    What if your interlocutor doesn't understand the hint or is just playing dumb and continues the conversation? Do you use any heavy artillery in such instances?
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    Re: finishing politely a tiring discussion

    At that point I would just break it off with something like, "Can we continue this later? " followed by "I've got to run now" if I am able to physically depart or "I've got a lot of work to do right now" if not.

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    Re: finishing politely a tiring discussion

    Thanks. That's what I was looking for.

    Do you think there is some tiny per cent of those who would type you a message believing that you will reply after finishing your work?
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    #6

    Re: finishing politely a tiring discussion

    Anything is possible. People are infinitely varied.

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