For instance:

I have a meeting today that is scheduled until 15h00 but it may take longer.

In dutch we would say: Het kan uitlopen.

How would I say this?

  • 1
    "it could drag on..." is common
    – Fattie
    Aug 19 '14 at 10:20
  • 1
    @JoeBlow Why post a perfectly valid answer in a comment?
    – Peter
    Aug 19 '14 at 10:21
  • 2
    Hey Peter! that's the cool thing to do these days :) it sort of subverts the whole SO system, but supplies information.
    – Fattie
    Aug 19 '14 at 10:22
  • 'It could overrun'. / '[W]e write stuff in comments that is too obvious to qualify for an answer.' [RegDwigнt] Though I think Joe is being too modest here. Aug 19 '14 at 10:23
  • If you say so... Either way, I'm happy to have my answer :-) Thanks Joe!
    – Peter
    Aug 19 '14 at 10:26

Could run overtime or may extend past 3.00pm, or as @Joe Blow said, it could drag on.

  • I find it could drag on to be a perfectly understandable expression. Thanks.
    – Peter
    Aug 20 '14 at 10:52

I’d say the meeting might run long.

I am not able to find authoritative backing for this phrasing, but I assure you it is said around me and by me quite frequently. I work in an office in Chicago.


If the extended time is likely to be short, you could say

I have a meeting today that is scheduled until 15h00 or thereabouts.


  • When someone would say this to me I would think it could be shorter or longer. I want to express that it will probably take longer.
    – Peter
    Aug 20 '14 at 10:51
  • @Peter I don't disagree.
    – bib
    Aug 20 '14 at 11:38

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