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Running on empty

Posted by RRC on July 03, 2007

In Reply to: Running on empty posted by ESC on July 03, 2007

: : Well, hello to everybody. I had the opportunity to visit this website many times because of homeworks of the English Institute. However, I have a doubt, I don't find the phrase "Running on Empty" I would like to have an answer.

: It is referring to a car gas tank that is empty or almost empty. The car is running on fumes. And it means a person who is near exhaustion, out of resources, hope, etc. At least that's my take on it.

As to why "on" empty, it is referring to the needle of the gas gauge being on (pointing to) "E" or "Empty" on the gauge.