A bus ran away from him.

wolfbm1

Senior Member
Polish
Hello.

Once, I gave a lift to my neighbour because his bus had run away from him.

I wonder if the underlined part is idiomatic. I want to say that the bus had arrived a bit earlier and my neighbour failed to catch it.

Thank you.
 
  • Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No it is not idiomatic. Under normal circumstances only a sentient being can run away. The only sense in which a motor vehicle can be said to run away is if the driver of the vehicle leaves it parked on a slope having forgotten to apply the brakes.

    The rails were froze, the wheels were cold, then the air brakes wouldn’t hold,
    And Number 9 came roaring down the hill — oh! The runaway train came down the track and she blew.
    The runaway train came down the track and she blew.

    Children's song
    http://www.madacademy.com/02/2012/childrens-song-lyrics/skip-song-lyrics/the-runaway-train/
     
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