fit (someone) in (to a schedule)

Is this phrase useful for scheduling meetings and appointments. When you're talking to someone with a busy schedule, you may have to ask them to "fit you in". "Fitting you in" means fitting you into their schedule. You can imagine a schedule book with each meeting or appointment taking up a block of time. If the person has enough room to add your appointment between two other appointments, then you say that they could "fit you in".

I guess it's an idiom, but it doesn't seem as though this is the best way to ask for someone to "pencil you in."


The phrase is ok to use.

You could use:

I can schedule you for (Date/Time) or

We can schedule a meeting for (Date/Time)

to be more formal.


A more idiomatic way (and more appropriate/self-evident in case of a busy schedule) is to use squeeze instead of fit.

Can you squeeze me into your schedule?


squeeze into
1. To manage to make room or time for someone or something in some tight space or schedule by or as if by exerting pressure:
The dentist can squeeze you into her schedule next week.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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