Does it mean that the pause was very long?

“Elsie, listen. We get it. You take as much time as you need. You have plenty of vacation days, sick days, personal time saved up,” he says, trying to be helpful.

“How much my-husband-died time do I have?” I ask, trying to lighten to mood, trying to make this okay for everyone. But it’s not okay for everyone, and the joke lands like a belly flop. You could fit a city bus in the length of the awkward pause between us.

Taylor Jenkins Reid "Forever, Interrupted"

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    Very short answer - yes. Commented Jul 16, 2022 at 10:16

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Among road vehicles, buses are longer than most. The speaker is saying that the pause was appreciably longer than a normal one.

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