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    Awkward, isn’t it, when a phone call drags on a bit? Even if it was you that made the call, there’s always a point when you realise you just don’t want to be on it anymore; maybe you need the bathroom, you’re hungry, or you’ve just had enough of the person on the line, really. It happens.

    You need a way out, but you don’t want to be blunt, of course, and you want to show an appreciation of having taken up the other person’s time. That’s why “I’ll let you get on” is perfect. It puts their busy day ahead of yours, suggests you’ve got all the time in the world for them, but wouldn’t dream of intruding a moment longer, and is sufficiently decisive to end a call without too many fiddly farewell niceties.

    If someone uses this one on you, recognise that it’s been said in order to get you off the phone – and don’t witter on. The appropriate response is “yes, yes, lots to do, thanks, bye”. And try to get in first next time, won’t you. It doesn’t do to be the one being allowed to “get on”, every time.

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    Reader Comments (3)

    Also, 'this is costing', 'I'm holding you back...', 'time's beaten us again',

    May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ J Carter

    the worst is "I'm going to love you and leave you"

    May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLevantinelass

    My sisters favourite for really persistant callers is to ring her own doorbell at that awkward point in the call. This gives her a polite get out clause and allows the other party to say a timely goodbye. Genius!

    February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

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