Oct 252012

A:  Hello

B:  Hey.  Why haven’t you been picking up?  I’ve been trying to reach you for the past 3 hours.  I guess you forgot our tennis match.

A:  What time is it?

B:  It’s already 9:30.

A:  Really?  I guess my 20 minute power nap turned into a good three hours.  I even slept through my alarm.

B:  What were you so tired from?

A:  I only got 2 hours sleep last night.  I felt fine all day but I just crashed as soon as I got in the door.  Sorry about that.  Let’s reschedule for tomorrow.

B:  Ok

Picking up:  In this context, “picking up” refers to answering the telephone.
I just called him but he didn’t pick up.

Reach:   If you say you were trying to “reach” someone it means you were trying to “contact” them.  Reach is more common in casual spoken English.  It’s a little less formal than “contact”.
Power nap:  A power nap is a very short nap (sleep).  Sometimes people don’t have a lot of time to take a nap but they really need a quick nap.  We call this a power nap.

Good three hours:  A “good” three hours means “at least 3 hours”.
How long is the flight from Toronto to L.A.?  I think it’s a good three and a half hours.

Slept through my alarm:  If you don’t hear or don’t pay attention to your alarm clock when it goes off, we call this sleeping “through” your alarm.

I only got 2 hours sleep last night:  In spoken English, we often say, “I only got 4 hours sleep”, not “I only got 4 hours of sleep”

Crashed:  In this context, “crashed” means fell asleep.  Sometimes crashed can mean felt really tired.  I felt fine all morning in the office but crashed about an hour after lunch.  I almost fell asleep at my desk.

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