Today’s phrase is…
To keep someone waiting
Introduce the expression with some examples:
The hotel staff kept us waiting for the best part of four hours before our room was ready.
Keeping your date waiting for you to arrive is not a good look.
The expression means “to make someone wait”. There’s also a bonus expression today: “for the best part of an hour/a day/etc.”, which means “almost an hour/a day/etc.
Put students in pairs or small groups and have them answer these questions:
- How punctual are you in general?
- Do you have any friends/relatives who are always late?
- How do you feel when you have to wait around for someone?
- What’s the longest you’ve had to wait for a friend/relative to arrive?
- What’s the longest you’ve kept someone else waiting?