Definition of on the run in English:

on the run


  • 1Trying to avoid being captured.

    ‘a criminal on the run from the FBI’
    • ‘As part of the operation police searched a number of addresses, including one in the Costa del Sol, a notorious haven for British criminals on the run from the UK.’
    • ‘Police today took the unusual step of naming a wanted Bradford criminal currently on the run from justice.’
    • ‘Max became a household name in 1997 when he was shot by a criminal on the run from police.’
    • ‘Of the 33 detainees who escaped, 12 are still on the run and at least three more are facing criminal trial.’
    • ‘Jafta said a 45-year-old woman who harboured the three fugitives during their time on the run was also arrested.’
    • ‘A courageous North Yorkshire man who helped catch a criminal on the run from police will tomorrow be honoured with a posthumous award.’
    • ‘Gotovina is a famous war criminal on the run who has eluded capture.’
    • ‘Tommy was captured the following month after a year on the run.’
    • ‘The arrested man is a 46-year-old English criminal who is on the run and wanted in Britain.’
    • ‘Only one of the kidnappers was arrested; others are still on the run.’
    on the loose, at large, loose
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  • 2While running.

    ‘he took a pass on the run’
    • ‘Federer looks a different player to the one who struggled against Martin Verkerk yesterday and he produces a stunning pass on the run to move to 0-30.’
    • ‘The Highlanders' first break came in seven minutes and ex-Killie midfielder David Bagan should have done better with a shot on the run from a Tokely return pass.’
    • ‘His footwork has been much better, and he's even completing some passes on the run.’
    • ‘Some of the photographs appear posed, but a lot of them you've just captured on the run.’
    • ‘Milt Palacio's ability to find teammates on the run and thread passes has helped the offense become more productive.’
    • ‘They work on different passes, footwork and throwing on the run.’
    • ‘While not quite taking their shots on the run, Toms and Montgomerie were clearly in a hurry to go home.’
    • ‘Novak unleashes a forehand passing winner on the run and Henman then double-faults to go 15-40 down.’
    • ‘A long pass from Tommy Fitzgerald was taken on the run by Darren Dunphy and he cut in along the end line to punch a point and leave the sides level after 12 minutes.’
    • ‘Garrard completed 50 percent of his passes in the past two games and has been better on the run than throwing the ball.’
    1. 2.1 Continuously busy.
      ‘I'm on the run every minute of the day’
      • ‘Indigestion is aggravated by ‘hurry sickness’ - eating on the run and bolting down your food.’
      • ‘Receiving emails by phone is ideal for a busy person on the run.’
      • ‘When you're in a hurry and lunch on the run is your only option, where better than Matt Lyons shop on Stephen Street to get a quick bite to bring back to the office.’
      • ‘Her aunt was always on the run, always had to be somewhere doing something.’
      busy, rushing about, rushed off one's feet, dashing about, hurrying about, in a rush, in a hurry, on the move, active
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