“Jennifer, look. I feel so bad if Phoebe’s up here and you’re up into look at after her.”
“We don’t mind, huh. We don’t mind at all.”
“Thanks but she needs to be back at home with me, to where she belongs.”
“I think that’s rather after Phoebe. Don’t you?”
(The Archers, BBC radio 4, part of this is here)

It seems that ‘after’ denotes ‘dependent upon,’ I guess. But I can’t find it in dictionaries. Is it so? Or is there an omission after the phrase, e.g. ‘after Phoebe (has her time here)’? (Jennifer: Phoebe's grandmother (Phoebe's mother's side), the other speaker is Phoebe's father))

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    I heard that line as "Well, I think that's rather up to Phoebe. Don't you?" Oct 20, 2014 at 4:06
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    Yes, it's up to (Phoebe) .
    – user6951
    Oct 20, 2014 at 4:17
  • 'After' as in 'behind, or trailing'. So the decision follows Phoebe.
    – Damien H
    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:46

1 Answer 1


The dialog is actually:

"Jennifer, look, I feel so bad that Phoebe's up here and you're having to look after her."
"Oh, we don't mind, we don't mind at all."
"Thanks, but she needs to be back at home with me, where she belongs."
"Well, I think that's rather up to Phoebe, don't you?"

Meaning that the decision is Phoebe's to make, and no-one else's.

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