Welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Feifei...
And I’m Rob. Quick Feifei, shut that door.
OK, calm down Rob, what’s the problem?
Well there’s something going on in the office – everyone’s shouting and arguing about who broke the computer – you know, the new one with all that fancy software on it.
Oh yes, that really expensive one.So you’ve run away from the situation – that makes you look very guilty.
Well, that’s true – but the problem is, I am guilty. But the boss seemed so angry, I thought it best to… well… sort of…
Do a runner!
If you mean to leave a place in order to avoid a difficult or unpleasant situation – then I suppose you’re right.
Oh no, is someone coming?I’ll just hide under the desk while we hear some examples of this phrase in action…
The new trainee did a runner after the first day – I don’t think he could cope with the high-pressure environment.
When they started to blame me for the mistake, I felt it best to do a runner and keep out of the way.
So that’s the phrase, to do a runner, which means leave a place quickly in order to avoid a difficult or unpleasant situation. But Rob, this phrase has another similar meaning too?
Yes,you can ’do a runner’ from a place to avoid paying for something.
Like a restaurant. Have you done that Rob?
Of course not! You know how honest I am.
Honest? Is that why you are hiding in this studio, rather than admit you broke the new computer?
Well, it was an accident. Oh no... the boss is heading straight for the studio. I had better dash… see ya.
Bye Rob. It looks like he’s done a runner... again. Bye.