Definition of on the run in English:

on the run


  • 1Trying to avoid being captured.

    ‘a criminal on the run from the FBI’
    • ‘Jafta said a 45-year-old woman who harboured the three fugitives during their time on the run was also arrested.’
    • ‘Max became a household name in 1997 when he was shot by a criminal on the run from police.’
    • ‘Only one of the kidnappers was arrested; others are still on the run.’
    • ‘A courageous North Yorkshire man who helped catch a criminal on the run from police will tomorrow be honoured with a posthumous award.’
    • ‘Of the 33 detainees who escaped, 12 are still on the run and at least three more are facing criminal trial.’
    • ‘Police today took the unusual step of naming a wanted Bradford criminal currently on the run from justice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    on the loose, at large, loose
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  • 2While running.

    ‘he took a pass on the run’
    • ‘They work on different passes, footwork and throwing on the run.’
    • ‘Milt Palacio's ability to find teammates on the run and thread passes has helped the offense become more productive.’
    • ‘Garrard completed 50 percent of his passes in the past two games and has been better on the run than throwing the ball.’
    • ‘Some of the photographs appear posed, but a lot of them you've just captured on the run.’
    • ‘Novak unleashes a forehand passing winner on the run and Henman then double-faults to go 15-40 down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While not quite taking their shots on the run, Toms and Montgomerie were clearly in a hurry to go home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His footwork has been much better, and he's even completing some passes on the run.’
    1. 2.1 Continuously busy.
      ‘I'm on the run every minute of the day’
      • ‘Her aunt was always on the run, always had to be somewhere doing something.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indigestion is aggravated by ‘hurry sickness’ - eating on the run and bolting down your food.’
      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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