run that by me again

Could you run that by me again?

When you ask someone to 'run something by you again' what you want him to do is to repeat what he said.

Really? So, if you say something and I am not paying any attention, can I say, I am sorry. Could you run that by me again?

Yeah, I guess you could. When somebody gives you their telephone number or their address and you don't get it the first time, you can say, 'Could you run that by me again?

In other words, it's a way of saying, could you please repeat what you said.

Yes, that's right.

Could you run that by me again? Seems a mouthful. I'd rather say, please repeat it. Much simpler.

You have a point there.

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

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