Definition of run in English:

run

verb

  • 1[no object] Move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time:

    ‘the dog ran across the road’
    ‘she ran the last few yards, breathing heavily’
    ‘he hasn't paid for his drinks—run and catch him’
    • ‘She ran down the street shouting for help after her son Jordan stopped breathing and turned blue.’
    • ‘Ryan got out of the car and ran towards the school.’
    • ‘He saw a man run towards the car which drove at him forcing him to move sharply out of the way.’
    • ‘He then pushed her down and grabbed her handbag and ran off towards Duckworth Lane.’
    • ‘Desperate to escape, the intruder pushed his victim to the floor and ran off.’
    • ‘She quickly opened her door and ran down the steps.’
    • ‘The way the cars are parked, there's only inches either side of you and you're worrying in case a child or a dog comes running out from between the cars.’
    • ‘She heard footsteps coming towards her and she turned and ran to her room.’
    • ‘He rushed downstairs in his bare feet and ran outside on to the snowy street.’
    • ‘I left the car door wide open and ran into the house without knocking.’
    • ‘He and a fellow canoeist were found after the alarm was raised by another soldier who swam forty minutes to shore, and then ran two miles to raise the alarm.’
    • ‘Jobs used to be more physical and kids walked to school and ran about outside rather than playing on computers.’
    • ‘I shoved those thoughts out of my head as I ran down the center staircase that winds up from the foyer of the house.’
    • ‘As she ran into the house, she collided with a young man, sending them both sprawling on to the ground.’
    • ‘She got to the bottom of the stairs and ran out the front door of the building.’
    • ‘I was kinda nervous that they would run after us but they didn't.’
    • ‘He began to walk towards the crowd so quickly, I had to run to keep up.’
    • ‘As I drove off, a rabbit ran across the road, stopped midway, and turned back.’
    • ‘Tessa sticks her tongue out and runs toward her brother, giggling.’
    • ‘The girl then ran along Keighley Road and crossed over the road, bumping into an elderly man.’
    flee, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
    sprint, race, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, career, charge, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind, flash, double
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    1. 1.1 Run as a sport or for exercise:
      ‘I run every morning’
      • ‘I run 30 miles a week, lift weights once or twice, and play basketball if I have any free time on the weekends.’
      • ‘John was also a keen judo exponent but he injured his knee and could not keep fit by running.’
      • ‘Boxers normally exercise, run and spend hours in the sauna to lose weight.’
      • ‘He runs every morning at 6am, no matter where he is.’
      • ‘Tony's brother Jackie, who frequently runs with his mate Damian McStay, has chalked up well over 30 marathon finishes.’
      • ‘This delays the onset of fatigue, meaning an athlete can run harder and for longer.’
      • ‘I run every morning and I lift weights.’
      • ‘All of Campbell's children are involved in sport and it was they who persuaded him to start running while on holiday three years ago.’
      • ‘I've tested myself running with and without music and I tend to run farther and faster and feel better afterwards with it.’
      • ‘Some were running for sport, but most were taking part in the 22nd London Marathon for charity and fun.’
      • ‘This is a family fun day and all can join in and run, jog, walk or cycle.’
      • ‘I always ran on Saturday mornings because it gave me time to think about my life and my problems.’
      • ‘Noel is a well-known athlete and runs with Sligo AC.’
      • ‘His wife Helen, 26, runs with Bingley Harriers and has been inspired by him to run this year's London marathon in aid of the British Lung Foundation.’
    2. 1.2 (of an athlete or a racehorse) compete in a race:
      ‘she ran in the 200 metres’
      [with object] ‘Dave has run 42 marathons’
      • ‘Ross Flynn in his first race, ran brilliantly to finish in fourth place and win his first of many medals.’
      • ‘The first Race For Life was run in 1994, raising £36,000 and this year the charity hopes to collect more than £6.5 million.’
      • ‘Athletes must run three of the four races to qualify for overall prize.’
      • ‘You can't ask a racehorse to run every week and be at its best, and players can't either’
      • ‘A Swindon woman is hoping to raise awareness of autism when she runs in the London marathon.’
      • ‘He will be part of a five-man team aiming to finish the race, running alongside more than 4,500 runners.’
      • ‘A Westbury mother is running a half-marathon to raise money for the hospital that saved her son's life.’
      • ‘Spanish athlete Morta Dominguez ran superbly to take the silver ahead of Ethiopia's Ayelech Worko who won the bronze.’
      • ‘Mr Willoughby will run the marathon to raise money for Edale Mountain Rescue Team, of which he is a voluntary member.’
      • ‘Stable companion Democratic Deficit runs in the International Stakes on the previous day.’
      • ‘Many team members are planning to run in memory of a loved one who was touched by cancer.’
      • ‘A Bradford DJ is to run a charity race for her boyfriend who is being treated for a brain tumour.’
      • ‘Four generations of women and girls from the same family are teaming up to run tomorrow's Race For Life.’
      • ‘He qualified for the junior Olympics, where he ran 100 metres and 4 x 100 metres.’
      • ‘I don't think the ground will make any difference to him, although he may not run if the ground comes up too firm.’
      • ‘The British athlete ran a personal best to win the 400m and gain a one point lead over his rivals.’
      • ‘The family and friends of a woman who died only a month before her wedding are running the Race for Life in her memory.’
      • ‘Back to last night's race, which was run, sadly, in what appeared to be a half-empty stadium.’
      • ‘‘Three months is a long time to be off and for a horse who was as sick as he was he ran a real good race,’ O'Brien said.’
      • ‘He was disqualified and later admitted using drugs when he ran his 1987 world record.’
      compete, take part, participate
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    3. 1.3[with object] Enter (a racehorse) for a race:
      ‘I'm hoping to run him in the Portland Handicap’
      • ‘I will run him in the Knockaire Stakes at Leopardstown at the end of the month.’
      • ‘Willie Mullins runs Rule Supreme in today's Ladbrokes' World Hurdle, but has also left him in the Gold Cup.’
      • ‘Paul Nicholls won 57 more races despite O'Neill running only two fewer horses.’
      • ‘Dermot Weld has won the race five times, most recently with Refuse To Bend two years ago, and he runs Elusive Double in the same colours.’
      • ‘Any trainer who wants to run a horse in any race must log that entry with Weatherbys.’
    4. 1.4Cricket (of a batsman) run from one wicket to the other in scoring or attempting to score a run.
      • ‘The batsmen ran four as Lewis floundered to the boundary to make amends, but the game was up.’
      • ‘Mahajan refused to run after turning the ball to leg as partner Danny Lloyd came charging down the pitch.’
      • ‘Lineker and Cooper held the run rate to three per over, while the batsmen ran very well between the wickets, keeping pressure on the fielders.’
      • ‘The last ball of the over was hit in the air - the batsmen ran - the fielder dropped it!’
      • ‘He ran excellently between the wickets as well, especially in the last few overs.’
    5. 1.5West Indian [with object] Chase (someone) away:
      ‘Ah went tuh eat the mangoes but the people run mih’
    6. 1.6 (of hounds) chase or hunt their quarry:
      ‘the hounds are running’
    7. 1.7 (of a boat) sail straight and fast directly before the wind:
      ‘we slanted across to the far bank and ran before the wind’
      • ‘The wind blew from the north and the ship ran swiftly before the wind.’
    8. 1.8 (of a migratory fish) go upriver from the sea in order to spawn.
      • ‘Beats higher up the river are often more prolific this late in the season with fish running hard to the middle and upper stretches.’
      • ‘It was a sight which would gladden the heart of any angler-hundreds of brown trout running a small stream to spawn.’
      • ‘You have to know when each species of fish will run and plan on being there at the right time.’
      • ‘This was on a nearby creek where, Jim said, the steelhead and salmon were running.’
      • ‘There are still fresh spring fish running, and the grilse are beginning to arrive in numbers, with a lot of small fish among them.’
      • ‘This means that when the fish are running (right now in May and June for instance) there is a heavy demand for guides.’
      • ‘I have seen some very good salmon running under the road bridge on an evening tide.’
  • 2Pass or cause to pass quickly in a particular direction:

    [no object, with adverbial of direction] ‘the rumour ran through the pack of photographers’
    [with object and adverbial of direction] ‘Helen ran her fingers through her hair’
    • ‘He ran a nervous hand through his hair and scratched the back of his head.’
    • ‘I dragged myself up off the floor and ran a hand down my face.’
    • ‘Colin reached out a finger and ran it down her bare back.’
    • ‘Adair, surveying his brand-new kitchen, runs a hand over a gleaming worktop.’
    • ‘The thought of crossing it made a shiver of fear run through her.’
    • ‘She sighed and scratched her head, running her fingers through her disheveled hair.’
    • ‘I remember feeling numb as I watched it, with cold shivers running up and down my body.’
    • ‘He runs his fingers over the top of the grand piano that sits in the middle of the room, with a book of Scottish songs propped up on the music rack.’
    • ‘Matt opened the program and ran his finger down the column listing the names and jersey numbers of the Seaview football team.’
    • ‘Becca ran a trembling finger down the list, searching for her number.’
    • ‘My lips were chapped, so I ran my tongue over them quickly.’
    • ‘Dani was leaning against me, running her hand up my leg.’
    • ‘As he passed the bed, he ran his fingers along the silk embroidered bedspread.’
    • ‘Stepping out into the darkness, a shiver ran down her spine.’
    • ‘He ran his finger down Amber's arm sending a chill down her spine.’
    • ‘He shoved some paper into her hands and she ran her eyes over it, quickly.’
    • ‘He runs a hand through his thick, dark-blonde hair and stares, unsmiling, with piercing blue eyes.’
    • ‘She rose from the bench, smoothing her skirts quickly and running her hand over her hair.’
    • ‘Andy sighs and runs his hand through his silver hair.’
    • ‘She felt a shiver run down her spine.’
    cast, pass, skim, flick, slide
    go, pass, move, travel
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    1. 2.1[no object] Move about in a hurried and hectic way:
      ‘I've spent the whole day running round after the kids’
      • ‘Most people seemed to be either arguing with each other over what to buy who, or frantically running round desperate to find things to buy.’
      • ‘Our producer Sally was running round the West Midlands all day trying to find any sort of puppet she could lay her hands on.’
      • ‘We have been running around all week collecting all the documentation and information the council have requested.’
      • ‘As a result, running around the city trying to get hold of cash has become a full-time occupation for some people.’
      • ‘The last few weeks have been spent either on the sofa or in bed with Simon running around after me..’
      • ‘Parita, in common with most new mums, spends most of her day running around after her toddler and says that there is not much time for anything else.’
      • ‘The filming schedule was so hectic and she was running from shoot to shoot.’
      • ‘The world is a dangerous enough place now without letting idiots run round with explosives.’
    2. 2.2 Move or cause to move forcefully or with a particular result:
      [no object, with adverbial of direction] ‘the tanker ran aground off the Shetlands’
      [with object and adverbial of direction] ‘a woman ran a pushchair into the back of my legs’
      • ‘My stepmother hit loose gravel and ran the vehicle off the road into a stop sign.’
      • ‘She was built in 1966 and ran aground on 24 April 1978 while carrying bags of cement to Port Sudan.’
      • ‘A major rescue operation was launched after a north east fishing vessel with a crew of three ran aground on the west coast of Scotland.’
      • ‘It was the Exxon Valdez which ran aground on the Alaskan coast in 1989 spilling 40 million litres of crude oil.’
      • ‘The ship has constantly been pounded by huge waves since it ran aground on a rocky outcrop last Thursday night.’
      • ‘The tanker ran aground on the eastern-most island in the Galpagos group.’
      • ‘Nobody tooted their horns or tried to run us off the road.’
      • ‘Scientists believe it ran aground on the estuary's treacherous sandbanks and capsized with 50 or 60 hands on deck.’
      • ‘During their efforts to help the man ashore the Sea Warrior ran aground and the crew had to wait for the tide to rise to free their boat.’
      • ‘He ran his car into the back of David Coulthard's McLaren and flipped through the air, landing upside down.’
      • ‘The Express Artemis, sister ship to the Samina, ran aground on Friday carrying 1,026 passengers.’
      • ‘The person behind you in the supermarket runs his cart into the back of your ankle.’
      • ‘Two crewmen were airlifted to safety from a fishing trawler which ran aground just outside Stornoway Harbour.’
      • ‘He attempted to drive to his doctor but ran his vehicle into the back of a truck because he could not see; he fortunately avoided injury.’
      • ‘A Spanish trawler ran aground on rocks close to the entrance to Fenit harbour in early June.’
      • ‘She didn't even so much as shed a tear the day she'd run her bike into a brick wall when she was nine.’
      • ‘Five of them ran aground on the rocks at Pendennis Point.’
      • ‘Like many developments, Leisurama soon ran aground, the victim of poor planning decisions.’
      • ‘Near the end of that year, it ran aground with very few crew aboard, on a reef between Krabi and Phuket.’
      • ‘Yet a proposal that would have provided tax relief ran aground last year.’
    3. 2.3informal [with object] Fail to stop at (a red traffic light):
      ‘cameras triggered by cars running red lights at intersections’
      • ‘I ran a stop sign and got pulled over by a Solano County Sheriff.’
      • ‘On the night of the Fourth of July, I was driving home when another car ran a red light.’
      • ‘Police handled 1,522 cases of minibuses running red lights in the first nine months this year, compared with 1,412 cases for all of last year.’
      • ‘Here in San Diego, California there was recently a big controversy over the use of these cameras to catch people running stop lights.’
      • ‘Some 220 of the fatal accidents were caused by people running red lights or stop signs.’
      • ‘And when he ran a stop sign at Appleton and Cassat, a man on a motorcycle smashed into his car.’
      • ‘After running the stop sign, the officer hit his lights and pulled me over.’
      • ‘Two young men on a motorcycle were stopped for running a red light on Pattaya Central Road.’
      • ‘Then one night two years ago, Aaron was driving one of their friends home from their house when a drunk driver ran a stop light and hit the car.’
      • ‘He was convicted last month for running a stop sign and colliding with a man on a motorcycle who was killed instantly.’
      • ‘He was one of eight people, including five children, injured when the car ran a red light and ploughed into the side of his vehicle.’
      • ‘He ran that stop sign - this is not in dispute - and smashed into a motorcycle driven by Randy Scott.’
      • ‘As we crossed the street onto the sidewalk a car came out of nowhere and ran the red light, hitting a light pole and hitting Mark.’
      • ‘Several weeks ago I was out for a ride and inadvertently ran a stop sign.’
      • ‘The officers alleged that Busch ran a stop sign and was driving recklessly.’
      • ‘In the other case, a civilian ran a red traffic light and broadsided an Air Force member.’
      • ‘Too many local motorists run red lights and endanger the public, Councillor Banman said.’
      • ‘He was arrested earlier this month for running a stop sign.’
      • ‘Half a block from the apartment, she ran a red light and smashed into another car.’
      • ‘Janklow was convicted after he ran a stop sign while speeding and killed someone in another car.’
    4. 2.4North American [with object] Navigate (rapids or a waterfall) in a boat:
      ‘the boats were preparing to run the big rapids’
      • ‘Ten boats, each manned by two skilled operators with up to eight passengers, can be hired to run the rapids.’
      • ‘In short, he has both the strength and skill to run any whitewater that's runnable.’
      • ‘The other trainees ran the rapid again and again; I pitched a tent and crawled into my sleeping bag.’
  • 3(with reference to a liquid) flow or cause to flow:

    [no object, with adverbial of direction] ‘a small river runs into the sea at one side of the castle’
    [with object] ‘she ran cold water into a basin’
    • ‘This is not like the tsunami, or normal floods, where the water runs back into the sea when it's done.’
    • ‘Buffy stood and took her mug to the sink and ran water into it.’
    • ‘Even our garden is getting wet and there is nowhere for the water to run.’
    • ‘Almost immediately upon getting home he began running the hot water into the tub.’
    • ‘She was humming softly as she ran water from the tap and poured it into the coffee maker.’
    • ‘She looked up and saw the bruises forming on his face and the blood running from his swollen lip.’
    • ‘I lay on the ground a long time, winded and feeling blood running down my face.’
    • ‘During recent wet weather I noticed that water is running underneath the coal shed door and wetting our supplies of kindling.’
    • ‘And because it runs off so fast, there is no ground water to maintain river flow throughout the year.’
    • ‘I was so upset that tears ran down my cold cheeks.’
    • ‘I could see blood running from a wound in his chest and it was clear that it was very difficult for him to speak.’
    • ‘Cold water ran from the faucet as he washed his face in an attempt to wake up.’
    • ‘It is set in a valley, through which runs a river that skirts the Bay of Biscay.’
    • ‘Mr Lazenby said farmland drainage schemes, supported by government grants, mean water runs off straight into the rivers.’
    • ‘A trickle of blood ran from his nose and he dabbed at it with a handkerchief.’
    • ‘Rainfall runs off to rivers far more quickly than in the past.’
    • ‘He picked up a washcloth from the counter and ran cold water over it.’
    • ‘When you stop stirring, the curds go to the bottom and liquid runs off.’
    • ‘I got up from the table and ran water into the saucepan to boil our morning eggs.’
    • ‘She was sobbing and tears were running down her face.’
    flow, pour, stream, gush, flood, glide, cascade, spurt, jet, issue
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    1. 3.1[with object] Cause water to flow over:
      ‘I ran my hands under the tap’
      • ‘If you run it under hot water you will also find that when you leave it to dry in the cutlery drainer it will dry off quicker and have fewer streaks.’
      • ‘I rip the lid off the bottle of shampoo and run it under the water to try and get the last drop out.’
      • ‘If the markers do dry out, they are easily revived by running the tips under water and recapping overnight.’
      • ‘I marched over to the sink, turned on the lukewarm water and ran my arms under it.’
      • ‘He ran his mouth under the faucet, spitting the water back into the sink.’
      • ‘Rachael ran a hand under the water and then splashed some on her face.’
      • ‘Drain the linguine and run it under cold water, but reserve the cooking liquid and keep it at a slow simmer.’
    2. 3.2[with object] Fill (a bath) with water:
      [with two objects] ‘I'll run you a nice hot bath’
      • ‘The accident happened as Miss Stewart, 32, was running a bath for her children.’
      • ‘I ran a bath and stripped slowly, wincing in pain as I uncovered each bruise.’
      • ‘As she ran her bath, she thought about what a fool she must've made of herself.’
      • ‘Giles said he was running a bath and it had almost overflowed.’
      • ‘Back in the sanctuary of my dimly-lit rooms I ran the bath, stripped off and sank into the water.’
      • ‘She undressed and ran a hot bath, careful to pour the right amount of bath beads into the whirlpool bath.’
      • ‘For awhile Karen stared out the window, listening to him run his bath.’
      • ‘She dumped her bag on the floor and went into her bathroom, immediately running a bath.’
      • ‘I'm just running myself a bath and planning an early night when the phone rings.’
      • ‘I had just ran a bath and was about to put my toe into the nice bubbly water, when I heard a scream.’
      • ‘In the early mornings he would stand in his dressing gown at the window, sipping a cup of milky coffee, while his valet ran his bath.’
      • ‘I am now running the bath, planning an elaborate meal for one and deciding whether to read, watch a film, go out or write something.’
      • ‘She ran herself a bath and lay in the tub just thinking about what she had said.’
      • ‘I went into the small bathroom and started running a bath for her.’
      • ‘The children playing in the camp have never had a luxury on flicking on a light switch or running a bath.’
      • ‘I ran myself a bath and soaked, thinking how I could escape going to school tomorrow.’
      • ‘She told me to run a bath for her, about half full, then to come get her and help her into the tub.’
      • ‘Returning home I found the cold had got into my own old bones, so I ran a good hot bath and spent a half-hour dreaming happy summer dreams amid the steam.’
      • ‘I wandered into the bathroom and began to run the bath, filling it with hot water.’
      • ‘She ran Mac a hot bath, she was beginning to think he would never stop shivering.’
    3. 3.3run with[no object] Be covered or streaming with (a liquid):
      ‘his face was running with sweat’
      • ‘He collapsed onto the bed, his face running with sweat.’
      • ‘Sarah found herself screaming these last words, her cheeks running with tears.’
      • ‘The streets literally ran with wine for three full days and nights.’
      • ‘For some two hours, we drove on rutted gravel running with rainwater.’
      • ‘Tin shanties litter the backyards of the more formal brick housing, rows of chemical toilets stand outside homes, and the untarred roads run with streams of filthy water.’
      stream with, drip with, be covered with, be wet with
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    4. 3.4[no object] Emit or exude a liquid:
      ‘she was weeping and her nose was running’
      • ‘About a half hour later, my nose started running.’
      • ‘His head aches, he feels dizzy and nauseous, and his nose won't stop running.’
      • ‘A few minutes later, my nose is running, I'm sneezing and coughing, and there are sharp pains behind my eyes.’
      stream, drip, exude liquid, ooze liquid, secrete liquid
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    5. 3.5[no object] (of a solid substance) melt and become fluid:
      ‘it was so hot that the butter ran’
      • ‘Her black mascara was running and she knew she looked horrible.’
      liquefy, thaw, unfreeze, defrost, soften, flux, fuse, render, clarify, dissolve, deliquesce
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    6. 3.6[no object] (of the sea, the tide, or a river) rise higher or flow more quickly:
      ‘there was still a heavy sea running’
      • ‘If the tide is running, a large shoal of bib will probably be holding position here against the current that surges through beneath the wreck.’
      • ‘If there is a sea running, the beach may be a bit rough for swimming.’
      • ‘Even when the tide is running, the current is not that strong and has not formed a scour.’
      • ‘There was a heavy sea running on Monday, and the boats were leaving harbour and being tossed about like cockle shells.’
      • ‘Remember the tides will actually run for a while after the chart time and as you move up the river there is a time difference.’
      • ‘The base of the cliff is heavily undercut, so you certainly do not want to be here on a stormy day or when a full spring ebb tide is running.’
      • ‘With the tide running, the work of moving the rolling logs became almost unmanageable.’
      • ‘The bottom was barely visible in the gloom and there was a reasonable tide running.’
      • ‘The tide was way, way out but even so there was a savage sea running.’
    7. 3.7[no object] (of dye or colour in fabric or paper) dissolve and spread when the fabric or paper becomes wet:
      ‘the red dye ran when the socks were washed’
      • ‘Dry-cleaning also prevents the common problem of the dye bleeding and running.’
      • ‘I thought that I had prewashed out all the excess dye but it ran anyway.’
      • ‘Check the garment's label for recommended wash temperature to prevent colors from fading and dyes from running.’
      • ‘In the heat and humidity, paper swelled, colors ran, and inks refused to align on the page.’
      • ‘Their dye never ran, which is what made all their products sought after.’
  • 4Extend or cause to extend in a particular direction:

    [no object, with adverbial of direction] ‘cobbled streets run down to a tiny harbour’
    [with object and adverbial of direction] ‘he ran a wire under the carpet’
    • ‘You could run a power cable down here and then you would have heating, electricity - everything you could want.’
    • ‘Here, the path runs beside the river, which often tempts children in for a paddle.’
    • ‘There was a lack of belays at the top of the climb, so I ran ropes down from the top of the pitch to provide attachment points.’
    • ‘The last time I had been there, Church Street, which runs north and south, had been a broad and busy avenue.’
    • ‘It includes the 1, 200m wall which runs around the whole central area of the estate.’
    • ‘Mr Abbott said he would table a motion at the September council meeting opposing any route which would run across open countryside.’
    • ‘A very faint path runs downhill beside the fence, below a single bar fence and onwards to the end of the plantation.’
    • ‘I am looking down on an expressway that runs in front of the building where I live.’
    • ‘Most of it is in the Serra de Tramuntana, the chain of mountains that runs across the north of the island.’
    • ‘Water which drains from Council playing fields is said to accumulate in a gully which runs along the front of a dozen homes.’
    • ‘The other location was York Street, a grimy thoroughfare running between Argyle Street and the river.’
    • ‘Resident Nick Jansen, 59, says Swindon Council is failing to maintain the brook, which runs along the rear of the estate.’
    • ‘These neighbouring terraced houses are on a residential row which runs parallel to Castle Street in the centre of Dalkey village.’
    • ‘St James's Street runs uphill from Pall Mall and the Palace to Piccadilly.’
    • ‘The road from Alcachete to the stadium runs across the huge Vasco Da Gama bridge.’
    • ‘Much of the route runs along the towpath adjacent to the Caledonian Canal.’
    • ‘On the second storey level there was a balcony with rusted railings running around the walls.’
    • ‘Wires run from a connector on Mr Nagle's scalp to the electronic equipment.’
    • ‘The road runs over a stretch of moorland and drops into a narrow valley.’
    • ‘Taxis will be diverted to Wigmore Street, which runs parallel to Oxford Street.’
    extend, stretch, reach, range, continue, go
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    1. 4.1North American [no object] (of a stocking or pair of tights) develop a ladder.
  • 5[no object] (of a bus, train, ferry, or other form of transport) make a regular journey on a particular route:

    ‘buses run into town every half hour’
    • ‘Replacement buses will run between Skipton and Carlisle, calling at limited stops.’
    • ‘Many were caught out by the dispute and turned up at railway stations to find no trains running.’
    • ‘The buses don't run late at night and if you are a woman on your own you need to park as close as possible to the theatre.’
    • ‘Four trains will run daily between London and Scotland carrying up to 5m items of post.’
    • ‘Buses also run between the Salterns car park and South Parade between 10 am and 6pm.’
    • ‘On New Year's Eve, normal buses stop running around 7pm and trains at around 8pm.’
    • ‘The train runs between 11 am and 4pm every weekend until December 19.’
    • ‘The police may also put in extra traffic control measures if required, while shuttle buses will run from Leeds to the festival.’
    • ‘Trains began running on the high-speed line again yesterday morning after services were suspended for most of Friday.’
    • ‘Buses ran between Doncaster and Peterborough to reduce overcrowding on trains.’
    • ‘If the line is upgraded, it will mean more trains running between York and Harrogate.’
    • ‘At holiday times, when the trams did not run, he walked to the ground.’
    • ‘I am afraid no one will be enticed onto public transport, unless it goes where people want it, actually turns up and runs at useful times.’
    • ‘Metrolink commuter trains, which use the same line, do not run at weekends.’
    • ‘A shuttle bus runs between the airport and Milan's central station.’
    • ‘The lightning strike also had an effect on South West Trains services running through Mortlake.’
    • ‘It's really cheap and the trains run frequently and, more importantly, on time.’
    • ‘She said today that residents had been told the service was going well and could even be extended to run later in the evenings.’
    • ‘The area is well served by public transport - the Arrow train runs from the nearby station into Dublin city centre every half hour during peak periods.’
    • ‘The bus runs between Erith town centre and Trafalgar Square.’
    travel, ply, shuttle, go, make a regular journey
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    1. 5.1[with object] Put (a form of public transport) in service:
      ‘the group is drawing up plans to run trains on key routes’
      • ‘A villager has criticised the rail service which runs trains to and from his rural community, claiming the transport needs of people living in the countryside are being ignored.’
      • ‘City Travel Club are running a coach to Tuesday's match at Plymouth.’
      • ‘As well as the Manchester Airport services, it runs trains from Liverpool to Hull and Newcastle and Manchester Piccadilly to Cleethorpes.’
      • ‘First North Western, the company which runs services through the town, said on its website at 9am that three trains from Bolton had been cancelled and six had been delayed for almost an hour.’
      • ‘Stagecoach, which runs commuter services in the south of England and long-distance trains with Virgin, is undecided.’
      • ‘First Group, which runs buses across the Bradford district, has signed a new deal with its workers to allay fears over pensions.’
      • ‘His comments come after the train operator, which runs services mainly between Sheffield and London, has faced a barrage of criticism over poor performance.’
      • ‘Anticipating falling passenger numbers, Thamesdown Transport now runs fewer buses to Old Town.’
      • ‘First York will again be running free buses for fans attending the Knights' two friendlies next month.’
      • ‘The company, which runs services through Manchester to Yorkshire and Liverpool, claimed 80 per cent of its services would still be running.’
      • ‘The firm runs the buses for Virgin and First North Western, who have ordered extra coaches after complaints from passengers in Poynton and Hazel Grove.’
      • ‘However he declined to comment on the other three bus services which are run by First Buses in Bradford.’
      • ‘As well as coaches the company runs bus services under contract to Wiltshire and Gloucestershire county councils.’
      • ‘It then planned to run trains via Sunderland, Hartlepool and Stockton.’
      • ‘The firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dutch state-owned NS train operator, which runs the majority of services in the Netherlands.’
      • ‘Swindon train operator First Great Western, which runs services from London to Wales and the west country, has announced fare rises for 2005.’
      • ‘Among its other businesses, the company also runs high-speed ferries to East Coast destinations such as Cape Cod.’
      • ‘But the decision to order staff to down tools has angered First Great Western, which runs services through Swindon to and from London Paddington and South Wales.’
      • ‘The Sunderland-based company, which runs trains in Wales, said its rail division boosted operating profits by 31 pc to 31.5 million in the year to December 31.’
      • ‘The RMT will ballot members at Silverlink trains, which runs services from London to the Midlands, and at Docklands Light Railway in London.’
    2. 5.2[with object and adverbial of direction] Take (someone) somewhere in a car:
      ‘I'll run you home’
      • ‘I feel sorry for her, as she spends all her time running me to classes.’
      • ‘I'm gonna grab my keys and we'll run her to the ER.’
      • ‘I'm just off to run the kids to soccer practice.’
      • ‘First Buses, which runs children to and from Prince Henry's Grammar School, says the school's tough discipline policy makes life easier for its drivers.’
      • ‘Here's my car ... can I run you home?’
      drive, give someone a lift, take, bring, ferry, chauffeur
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  • 6[with object] Be in charge of; manage:

    ‘Andrea runs her own catering business’
    ‘an attractive family-run hotel’
    • ‘From that time he has managed and run his business from Hong Kong where his principal activity is in shipping.’
    • ‘Henderson's father now runs a hotel in Broxburn, and she credits him as the driving force behind her running career.’
    • ‘With a staff of five local people, the butchers' shop in the main street of Kirkbymoorside is still run on traditional lines.’
    • ‘Up until a few years ago it cost a lot to run a website - but those days are long gone.’
    • ‘Ideal World, the company she runs with her husband, Hamish, is the largest independent TV production company in Scotland.’
    • ‘The training they need is only provided by privately run colleges, mainly in Britain and Europe.’
    • ‘Christine returned to Dawson Fold to help her father manage the farm and run the shop.’
    • ‘Here the post office is run by 80-year-old Joan Holder.’
    • ‘The East Lancashire Trust, which runs hospitals in Blackburn, Burnley, Pendle and Rawtenstall, is expected to have debts of more than £5.5 million by the end of the financial year.’
    • ‘Dr Dee Dawson runs Rhodes Farm in London, a residential home for the treatment of children with eating disorders such as anorexia.’
    • ‘Robina Qureshi runs Positive Action in Housing, a charity set up to end discrimination against ethnic minorities.’
    • ‘This week is Energy Week, time to take a long hard look at how much it costs you to run your home.’
    • ‘Although the department will remain government-owned it will be run on commercial lines.’
    • ‘Currently Mr Gutman is running the firm by himself, but he hopes to have employed several staff members in the next couple of years.’
    • ‘He still runs a garage with his son Chris in Lilycroft Road, Bradford.’
    • ‘She runs a center that provides counseling and training for young women from around Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.’
    • ‘Mrs Tew, 35, runs a small business providing financial services and consultancy.’
    • ‘Pupils in year 10 learned the difference between taste and flavour when the chef, who runs his own restaurant in Devizes, gave a talk at the school on Wednesday.’
    • ‘The increasing costs of running a business are already having an impact.’
    • ‘The cost of running the club is becoming more demanding every day and support from the local community is badly needed.’
    be in charge of, manage, administer, direct, control, be in control of, be the boss of, boss, head, lead, govern, supervise, superintend, oversee, look after, organize, coordinate, regulate
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    1. 6.1[no object, with adverbial] (of a system, organization, or plan) operate or proceed in a particular way:
      ‘everything's running according to plan’
      • ‘Who knows if he'll be convicted or not, the way the court system runs now days.’
      • ‘If the world economy were running smoothly then it would not be a serious problem.’
      • ‘The spokesman said the council would do all it could to ensure services run as smoothly as possible.’
      • ‘The general view of the select committee was that the 2002 election ran a lot more smoothly.’
      • ‘But, although the system was running successfully, more volunteers are needed.’
      • ‘Peace of mind is essential among both employees and clients at Magic Maintenance, which ensures that the services runs effectively and efficiently.’
      • ‘If your investment plan is running smoothly, you probably don't have to fiddle with it.’
      • ‘Things have started slowly, but the service is now running smoothly and achieving high satisfaction levels.’
      • ‘It will do the city's reputation a lot of good if those preparations are seen to result in an event which runs according to plan.’
      • ‘From the start we were well organised and the whole thing ran like clockwork.’
      • ‘Security, at unprecedented levels, ran smoothly throughout the convention week.’
      • ‘Indeed, if anything the system runs better than it did.’
      • ‘Swannick has pledged that after three months he will check whether the new policy is running smoothly.’
      • ‘Not everything ran according to plan for us since Mark had a problem changing gears and missed the second session.’
      • ‘Let us not forget that, after initial teething difficulties, the scheme ran reasonably smoothly three years ago.’
      • ‘As a result, the company runs more profitably, with shareholders suffering fewer losses, and with dividends issued regularly.’
      • ‘He admitted the hotel runs at a loss but said that was a result of the subsidised holidays offered to pensioners.’
      • ‘His job was to ensure the company's IT system ran smoothly.’
      • ‘Thank you also to the teachers who visit our places of work in their free time to ensure that everything is running according to plan.’
      • ‘Public sector workers do not produce physical objects but the work they do is key to keeping the system running.’
      operate, function, work, go, be in operation
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    2. 6.2 Organize, implement, or carry out:
      ‘we decided to run a series of seminars’
      • ‘The festival will be run on the same lines as last year.’
      • ‘The group runs awareness raising programmes, talking to young people about how drug abuse affects families.’
      • ‘She spent eight years running a drugs programme in Oldham in Manchester.’
      • ‘Carlow Community Awareness of Drugs are running a drugs course for parents in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow.’
      • ‘The course will be run on a very practical basis including workshops with actors, discussions and re-writing sessions.’
      • ‘The organisation runs courses in diving, sailing, surfing, skiing and snowboarding at such mouth-watering locations as the Seychelles, the Caribbean, and the Canadian Rockies.’
      • ‘To make sure she was getting the best results, she ran the same search on several search engines.’
      • ‘All opinion polls suggest that, if the referendum were to be run again, the result would be largely the same.’
      • ‘Essex Police will run the scheme and provide wardens with uniforms and badges.’
      • ‘He had already run a license plate check on Taylor's car.’
      • ‘The Scottish National Party has run its most professional campaign of recent years.’
      • ‘GM currently is running a pilot program in Brazil and investigating plans for Australia and Japan.’
      • ‘They will also pay towards the cost of out-of-hours clubs run by a local authority.’
      • ‘Bexley Centre for the Unemployed is running a free course in food hygiene in the Boys Brigade hall next to Christ Church in Bexleyheath Broadway.’
      • ‘We contacted a doctor who ran a series of tests on Erin at his office.’
      • ‘Paddy McGuinness is no stranger to politics and has run his share of election campaigns in the past.’
      • ‘Dirksen was an appealing candidate and had run an energetic and effective campaign.’
      • ‘With a 9% buffer, Labor should be confident of a win, providing it runs a half decent campaign and puts in some resources.’
      • ‘Weight Watchers now runs meetings in more than 6,000 venues every week, using a points system for calorie counting and marketing a lucrative range of diet foods.’
      • ‘This competition has been run in 17 stores and there has been no confusion anywhere else.’
      • ‘The charity now runs over 500 projects in Britain.’
      carry out, do, perform, fulfil, execute
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    3. 6.3 Own, maintain, and use (a vehicle):
      ‘he could no longer afford to run a car’
      • ‘I now have a 17-hours-a-week job with a local supermarket to help me run my car.’
      • ‘I'm surprised they can afford to run a car in the first place.’
      • ‘Unable to afford to run a car, they now endure endless bus trips to and from Southampton General Hospital.’
      • ‘Remember to consider all the costs involved in running the vehicle, including insurance, taxation and petrol.’
      • ‘You can't afford to run two cars, and the practicalities of life mean you need a four-door for the kids.’
      • ‘Some dioceses make a contribution towards a priest's expenses of running a car and paying household bills.’
      • ‘Motorists are definitely not going to transfer to buses when it is cheaper to run a car.’
      • ‘With servicing and maintenance paid for in advance, the cost of running the vehicle each year becomes much more predictable.’
      • ‘Transport, our biggest expense, includes buying and running a vehicle, plus fares for public transport.’
      • ‘Drivers are also concerned at the rising cost of running their vehicles.’
      maintain, keep, own, possess, have, drive
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  • 7Be in or cause to be in operation; function or cause to function:

    [no object] ‘the car runs on unleaded fuel’
    [with object] ‘the modem must be run off a mains transformer’
    • ‘Schumacher managed to keep the engine running after the collision.’
    • ‘Soon, his research group will have about three dozen machines running the software.’
    • ‘But petrol prices have not reached the point where people are rushing to convert their engines to run on LPG.’
    • ‘I also run servers on that machine and each of the other four computers on the network.’
    • ‘Drivers on the M4 need to watch their speed more carefully from Wednesday when new speed cameras start running.’
    • ‘Overhead fans run all day during the summer, and the water in the pools is changed frequently.’
    • ‘The machine runs a variety of versions of Windows.’
    • ‘Equipped with 21 batteries, the boat can run for six to eight hours without recharging.’
    • ‘Burning charcoal inside the house or running an automobile engine in an attached garage also will produce carbon monoxide in the home.’
    • ‘He let me run my tape recorder for four hours while he and the family talked in the living room.’
    • ‘It has been converted to run on LPG (liquid petroleum gas) so is exempt from the London congestion charge.’
    • ‘The waste recycling plant, it is claimed, would provide enough energy to run the new factory and power the whole village.’
    • ‘Diesel engines can run on the fuel without being converted.’
    • ‘Now police are warning other motorists not to leave their engines running during cold weather.’
    • ‘While the hospital runs off a generator, kindergartens have no generators or power.’
    • ‘Do not run your auto in the garage, not even to warm it up.’
    • ‘I started working toward converting my car to run on vegetable oil over a year ago.’
    • ‘The only concession to modernity on the 50-year-old lorries is that the engines have been converted to run on unleaded petrol.’
    • ‘At the time, different kinds of computer hardware ran different operating systems.’
    • ‘Even though her old car is a rust bucket it runs well and passed its MOT just months ago.’
    operate, function, work, go, be in operation
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    1. 7.1 Move or cause to move between the spools of a recording machine:
      [with object] ‘I ran the tape back’
      • ‘When the show aired, I recorded it onto a 3/4" videotape and I don't think I've run the tape since that night.’
      • ‘Brendan ran the tape back a few inches, turned the VCR on again and watched the girls at work a second time.’
  • 8[no object] Continue or be valid or operative for a particular period of time:

    ‘the course ran for two days’
    ‘this particular debate will run and run’
    • ‘The nesting season runs from November to January.’
    • ‘Local Public Service Agreements were piloted in 2000-1 and the agreements ran for three years, to March 2004.’
    • ‘Martin has a year to run on his contract and in the past he has always shown a willingness to honour that.’
    • ‘It was a bit of a con, really - it still has a couple of months left to run on the warranty, but still cost almost £30 to get it fixed.’
    • ‘There was a similar operation last year which ran for a short period of time.’
    • ‘The annual series, which features local dance talent on the rise, runs from March 31 to the end of April.’
    • ‘No problem, there's only a couple of months to run on the contract.’
    • ‘The 35-year-old has been released by the Ospreys despite still having 11 months to run on his contract.’
    • ‘And while I am looking at health insurance, have you checked how long yours will run for?’
    • ‘The lease has another 5 years or so to run.’
    • ‘The CBS show, which ran for six years and 147 episodes, was set in the rural south and told the story of the Duke family of Hazzard County.’
    • ‘There will also be a karaoke competition running during the day with prizes for the winners.’
    • ‘The competition ran from 8am on the Friday to midday on the Sunday.’
    • ‘The scheme ran for a period of 5 years and at the end of this period the properties were sold.’
    • ‘The scheme runs for two weeks each year in the summer holidays.’
    • ‘He was the grumpy old hero of One Foot in the Grave, a TV sit-com that ran for ten years and seized the hearts and minds of his fans all over the Kingdom.’
    • ‘The decision runs for two years and will be closely monitored.’
    • ‘The first recording session runs from July 20 to 23, and he is currently booking bands.’
    • ‘Thus began a theatrical tradition that ran for almost eight decades.’
    • ‘He said the tournament, which ran from Friday to Sunday, was a great success and the organisation had been up to the required standards.’
    • ‘The York Festival of Food and Drink runs from September 12-21.’
    be valid, last, be in effect, operate, be in operation, be operative, be current, continue, be effective, have force, have effect
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    1. 8.1[with adverbial or complement] Happen or arrive at the specified time:
      ‘the programme was running fifteen minutes late’
      • ‘The five sentences are to run concurrently, meaning Firth will serve three years in custody in total.’
      • ‘Judge David Boulton said the sentence would run concurrently with a term of prison Gregson was already serving.’
      • ‘The sentences ran concurrently, giving an effective 15 years in jail.’
      • ‘All the sentences will run concurrently, giving him a total of three months behind bars.’
      • ‘He was jailed for five years on each count of causing death by dangerous driving, the sentences to run concurrently.’
      • ‘Francis was jailed for nine years for the first attack and 15 for the second, the sentences to run concurrently.’
      • ‘I met that patient's needs and wants, and as a result my surgery ran late and other patients in the waiting room grumbled.’
      • ‘She said a series of announcements were made informing passengers that the train was running late.’
      • ‘He was given two years for grievous bodily harm and 28 days for the drug offence, the sentences to run concurrently.’
      • ‘Her two prison sentences will run concurrently and she will likely be out of jail sometime in July 2003.’
      • ‘Crop development is also running ahead of schedule.’
      • ‘The sentences, which are to run concurrently, were suspended for two years.’
      • ‘Nearing the end of the day, sessions were running late as all three chefs had prepared demonstrations and there was little time to give them.’
      • ‘The sentences will run concurrently but three months were suspended.’
    2. 8.2 (of a play or exhibition) be staged or presented:
      ‘the play ran at Stratford last year’
      • ‘The exhibition runs from Tuesday until August 29 and admission is free.’
      • ‘The play runs from Monday to the following Saturday at 7.30 pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm.’
      • ‘His first play, A Man of Honour was produced in 1903 and, the year after, four of his plays ran simultaneously in London.’
      • ‘It's a bit of a coup having two plays running simultaneously in the West End.’
      • ‘Kiss Of The Spider Woman runs at the Theatre Royal Studio from tonight until November 30.’
      • ‘The art exhibition will run daily at the King's Hall and Winter Garden until this Sunday.’
      • ‘It ran for two years on Broadway to mixed reviews: its undisguised cynicism appalled many critics.’
      • ‘The exhibition runs in the Orkney Museum until 1st November, and admission is free.’
      • ‘He stars in this latest production which runs at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, until January 25.’
      • ‘The play is running for two weeks in Bath, and on the Monday night of the second week the place was packed.’
      • ‘The Lady in the Van runs at Malvern's Festival Theatre from January 31 to February 5.’
      • ‘The Fringe première is on August 7 and the play runs until August 28’
      • ‘The exhibition runs until October 17 and is open from 10 am - 5pm daily.’
      • ‘Sunset Boulevard ran for almost a year at the Adelphi Theatre.’
      • ‘The play runs until Saturday, October 23, in Studio 2, with performances each evening at 7.45 pm.’
      • ‘The exhibition will run until November 1 at the Central Art Gallery and is free to the public.’
      • ‘The exhibition runs from November 30 to December 20 at the Northside Community Centre.’
      • ‘Jesus Christ Superstar runs from Tuesday to next Saturday at 7.45 pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm.’
      • ‘The Road to Auschwitz exhibition runs at Central Library until March 19.’
      • ‘The panto runs from Wednesday to Friday at 7.15 pm with Saturday matinees at 2pm and 6pm.’
      be staged, be presented, be performed, be on, be put on, be produced
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  • 9[no object] Pass into or reach a specified state or level:

    ‘inflation is running at 11 per cent’
    [with complement] ‘the decision ran counter to previous government commitments’
    • ‘But this sentiment runs completely counter to the intent of the U.S. Constitution.’
    • ‘Analysts said the stocks were settling to more sustainable levels after running too far ahead recently.’
    • ‘The Argentine peso has lost 70% of its value, with inflation running rampant.’
    • ‘Building costs are running about 2.5% higher than a year ago.’
    • ‘Young explains that she merely dismissed evidence that ran contrary to her established opinion.’
    • ‘This is at a time when wages and other costs are running well ahead of the rest of Europe.’
    • ‘Recent EU indicators suggest inflation is currently running at 2.5%.’
    • ‘Of course, Scotland knows all about obesity, with figures running at twice the UK average.’
    • ‘It also ruled the council's decision ran contrary to national government policies on communication masts.’
    • ‘Health spending per head of population in Scotland already runs at the European levels he wants to see emulated.’
    • ‘And that agenda runs entirely counter to what I feel a lot of Mainers think they're voting for when they vote for these people.’
    • ‘Unemployment rates in South Lakeland are running at just 0.7 per cent at the moment.’
  • 10run in[no object] (of a quality, trait, or condition) be common or inherent in members of (a family), especially over several generations:

    ‘weight problems run in my family’
    • ‘Some evidence suggests there may be a genetic factor, as cleft lip and palate can run in families.’
    • ‘My mum was a Cub leader and my dad was a group Scout master, so I suppose you could say it runs in the family.’
    • ‘Endometriosis can occur in any woman of childbearing age, and can run in families.’
    • ‘Bulimia runs in my family, my sister had it and hid it for years.’
    • ‘Eczema often runs in families, but it can not spread from one person to another.’
    • ‘She keeps on telling me to get my thyroid checked, as these things run in families.’
    • ‘She suspected she might have twins because they run in both her and Stephen's families.’
    • ‘Genetic factors are thought to have a role to play, meaning the disorder can run in families.’
    • ‘Epilepsy sometimes runs in families, and can be the result of a brain injury at birth or a brain tumour.’
    • ‘This means they are more likely to develop an allergy because it runs in their family.’
    • ‘Born and brought up in the Welsh town Port Talbot, music doesn't run in his family.’
    • ‘Artistic ability runs in the family - in 1974 Sarah won the same competition.’
    • ‘The trade ran in the family - his father and uncles also spent years mining in Fife.’
    • ‘Madeleine's mum Rowena says her daughter's love of books runs in the family.’
    • ‘Since coeliac disease runs in families, relatives can have a blood test to check for antibodies.’
    • ‘In a lot of cases, there is no obvious cause for bed-wetting but it often runs in the family.’
    • ‘He'd always been good at maths - that ran in the family - and English.’
    • ‘This is especially true when people are not aware that Huntington's disease runs in their family.’
    • ‘If athletic prowess runs in the Stewart family, however, so does dedication.’
    • ‘Fox's success should come as no surprise as rugby league runs in the family.’
    be common in, be frequently found in, be inherent in
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  • 11[no object] Stand as a candidate in an election:

    ‘he announced that he intended to run for President’
    • ‘Jello ran for Mayor of San Francisco in 1979 but was defeated by a wide margin.’
    • ‘Tomorrow is the deadline for candidates who wish to declare their intention to run for Parliament.’
    • ‘I would just say that we heard Bill Clinton make a similar promise the last time he ran for governor of Arkansas.’
    • ‘A Fianna Fáil member for over 20 years, she is now running for election to the Senate.’
    • ‘I wish you would run for president, and I would vote for you and so would everybody else.’
    • ‘At 28, he decided to take his protests to Congress by running for election.’
    • ‘Your party has always run on a strong law and order platform.’
    • ‘You have to be over 25 to vote for the senate and over 40 to run for it.’
    • ‘That was when Alberto Gonzales ran for election to the Texas Supreme Court.’
    • ‘She got motivated to run for Congress when her ideas about education were ignored.’
    • ‘Thompson said she sticks out from the five candidates running to represent Nunavut because of her outspoken approach to politics.’
    • ‘Burton, a civil rights lawyer in Los Angeles, ran as a candidate in Tuesday's election.’
    • ‘In 1996, he ran as a candidate in Western Canadian provincial and civic elections.’
    • ‘Like Angela Merkel, who is running against Germany's chancellor Gerhard Schröder, he is a conservative with a radical reforming streak.’
    • ‘We will run on the principal areas of concern to ordinary Australians, both in terms of the international agenda and the domestic agenda.’
    • ‘Although Humphreys bucked the Democratic Party's pro-gun control line, he otherwise ran on Democratic issues.’
    • ‘In Sweden, political parties run on platforms that voters expect them to implement.’
    • ‘Labour believes that if you're old enough to vote, you should be entitled to run for an elected office.’
    • ‘Collier ran unsuccessfully for the Upper House at the last election.’
    • ‘This support has been a major factor in my decision to decide to run for Mayor at the election.’
    stand for, stand for election as, stand as a candidate for, be a contender for, put oneself forward for, put oneself up for
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    1. 11.1[with object] (especially of a political party) sponsor (a candidate) in an election:
      ‘they ran their first independent candidate at the Bromley by-election’
      • ‘Te party wants to run two candidates with a national profile.’
      • ‘He said his Respect Coalition will run a candidate against her in the next election.’
      • ‘When someone runs a viable candidate who is a true conservative, he/she/it will get my vote.’
      • ‘Fine Gael is to run two candidates in the renamed East constituency, which has been reduced to a three seater.’
      • ‘Ahern has yet to call a convention, and it isn't even clear how many candidates the party will run.’
      • ‘If the party chooses to run only two candidates, it is certain they will come from either side of the constituency.’
      • ‘At the general election it held only Chelmsford, where Labour did not run a candidate.’
      • ‘She added that Labour may run two candidates in East Limerick in the next elections.’
      • ‘The Green Party is also running candidates in both North and West Vancouver ridings.’
      • ‘They must run a strong candidate in the Killarney area - either a member of the family, or a leading supporter.’
      • ‘They are running two candidates again, one from each end of the constituency.’
      • ‘They're running a candidate for London mayor too.’
      • ‘In fact, six opposition parties ran candidates (although three pulled out at the last minute).’
      • ‘Maybe it is time for the campaign to go a step further and run their own candidate.’
      • ‘Fine Gael has opted to run an extra candidate.’
      • ‘This time the party is running just one FG candidate in the hope it will give him an extra boost in the poll.’
  • 12Publish or be published in a newspaper or magazine:

    [with object] ‘the tabloid press ran the story’
    [no object] ‘when the story ran, there was a big to-do’
    • ‘So far, Canadian newspapers have refused to run the advertisements.’
    • ‘Last month Business Weekly ran a story featuring the Chen family's tribulations.’
    • ‘The National Post is running a column by Colby Cosh that touches on the theme of tolerance, a concept I've been kicking around in my head a lot the past week.’
    • ‘Before long the Sunday Telegraph ran two feature stories about corruption and violence in the construction industry.’
    • ‘While in prison, the tabloids ran stories saying he was a drug-dealer and wife-beater.’
    • ‘The next morning, her story ran on the front page.’
    • ‘A fortnight ago, this very newspaper ran the story about Livingston's financial plight.’
    • ‘The Times is running a reply by Bill Keller, NYT editor, this morning.’
    • ‘At the time she was looking particularly muscular and the tabloids had run stories hinting she was a lesbian.’
    • ‘On Thursday night the Johannesburg High Court granted an interdict to stop the paper from running the report.’
    • ‘Recently, Vancouver's Province newspaper ran a story that took me completely by surprise.’
    • ‘How many stories and editorials did you run on the allegations?’
    • ‘The advert only got one response but the story ran in the New York Post, where it caught Lisi's eye.’
    • ‘That story ran on Channel Seven's Today Tonight in the week before the Federal election.’
    • ‘It didn't much matter, today every newspaper was running the same headline.’
    • ‘The newspaper Le Figaro ran the headline ‘Who voted for Le Pen’?’
    • ‘Tabloid newspapers are running lurid accounts of his battle with cancer.’
    • ‘He said at least two articles run by the newspaper recently unfairly portrayed the council in a negative light.’
    • ‘The Guardian today runs an article by Paul Carr.’
    • ‘My follow-up story ran on page 16 of our March 2002 issue.’
    publish, print, feature, carry, put out, release, issue
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    1. 12.1[no object] (of a saying, argument, piece of writing, etc.) have a specified wording:
      ‘‘Tapestries slashed!’ ran the dramatic headline’
      • ‘‘AIB hit by scandal over tax evasion’, ran the headline in the later editions of the Financial Times yesterday.’
      • ‘CD copying is not just illegal, runs the argument, but immoral.’
      • ‘The very first paragraph of my book The Truth about Writing runs as follows.’
      • ‘There's an old saying that runs along the lines of ‘no publicity is bad publicity’.’
      • ‘‘The world comes to New York,’ ran a banner headline in the Daily News.’
  • 13[with object] Bring (goods) into a country illegally and secretly; smuggle:

    ‘they run drugs for the cocaine cartels’
    • ‘Known as ‘tunnel rats’, they run drugs for the cocaine cartels.’
    • ‘Greene began building a drug empire, using Spain as a staging post to run drugs into Europe from north Africa.’
    • ‘When she took them to the man she was running the drugs for, he told her to give one package to an Australian girl.’
    smuggle, traffic in, deal in
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  • 14North American [with two objects] Cost (someone) (a specified amount):

    ‘a new photocopier will run us about $1,300’
    • ‘With a drink or two and dessert, a complete dinner for two, including appetizer and entrée, will run you in the neighborhood of $100.’
    • ‘The food here at the ski village is exactly what you would expect … several pub houses, your basic fast food chains, and upper class joints that can run you up to $100 for two.’
    • ‘A room at the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf can run you up to $369.’
    • ‘He wants Malone to reimburse him for the cost of the ticket, which he says ran him $25,000.’
  • 15West Indian Provide:

    ‘the wait-and-see game continues until the government runs some ready cash’
    provide, lay on, supply, furnish, make available, run
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    1. 15.1 Provide pasture for (sheep or cattle); raise (livestock):
      ‘they ran sheep and cattle’
      • ‘One who did join was dairy farmer, Les Scaife, who runs a herd of 145 cows at Nether Silton, near Thirsk.’
      • ‘Linn Blancett and his wife, Tweeti, have been running cattle here for much of their lives.’
      • ‘Neil and Ivan Prentice have been running Wagyu style cattle on their Moondarah property for around six years.’
      • ‘Don Armstrong runs sheep at Yalda Downs in outback New South Wales.’
      • ‘My wife has been running cattle for 35 years.’
      • ‘Farmers were paid more money according to how many sheep they ran.’
      • ‘Hank didn't run as many cattle as he used to so the extra fields got cut for hay.’
      • ‘This ranch is owned by Carlton and Nancy Laxton and they run a herd of over two hundred pedigree Romagnola cows.’
      • ‘The tea garden and craftwork provide additional income for the family farm, where the Eddons run a herd of beef suckler cattle.’
      • ‘This is an all-grass dairy farm on which they also run a flock of sheep.’

noun

  • 1An act or spell of running:

    ‘I usually go for a run in the morning’
    ‘a cross-country run’
    • ‘At 7am, he woke to the sound of heavy footsteps as the England players gathered for their morning run.’
    • ‘The rain is lashing down, but if she does not go for a run, she will not have another chance this morning.’
    • ‘She enjoyed cross-country runs, even with the cold wind making breathing difficult for her.’
    • ‘As I got in Mum was just coming down to go for her morning run.’
    • ‘You could start off doing eight three-minute runs at a very fast pace, with one minute's brisk walk in between each.’
    • ‘As I was taking a bit of a breather on one of the park benches after my morning run, a man approached me.’
    • ‘We trained in Knockbeg College and had long runs in the woods and along the banks of the River Barrow.’
    • ‘She will have to do cross-country runs and swim in the outdoor pool.’
    • ‘Long runs forge the physical strength and mental fortitude you need to endure the final stretches of the triathlon.’
    • ‘PC Litchfield, who keeps fit with six-mile runs, still gets a buzz out of the job and says that no two days are the same.’
    • ‘During the warmer months she also goes on long runs across the city, stopping half way to sprint up and down the steps at Clifford's Tower - ten times.’
    • ‘Physical activity tended to help him relax so he took Valentine out for a morning run.’
    • ‘Everyone, however, must do the dreaded cross-country runs.’
    • ‘A five-minute run later we reached the hall, to find everyone staring at us.’
    • ‘He backed away from the edge before beginning his run towards it.’
    • ‘But, within weeks of going out on his first run, the weight had started to drop off.’
    • ‘He has already started light training and although he is not yet able to resume his 12-mile-a-day runs he is working out in a gym.’
    • ‘Sir Liam said he was keen to encourage people to take exercise in a variety of forms, not just gym workouts or long-distance runs.’
    • ‘We did a couple runs up and down the country road, and two laps around town.’
    • ‘I was feeling a bit reckless last night and went for a run through the Botanical Gardens at about 7pm and underneath the canopy it was pitch black.’
    • ‘He also recalls cross-country runs around the very wet and muddy field where the supermarket now stands, and which he thinks the school owned.’
    • ‘I made a concerted effort to go for a run on those days when I wasn't playing and generally to work harder when I wasn't in the team so that when the chance came, I would be extra fit.’
    sprint, race, dash, gallop, rush, spurt
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    1. 1.1 A running pace:
      ‘Rory set off at a run’
      • ‘The minute she stepped out of the door he rushed past her and broke into a run.’
      • ‘With a quick look around, eyes sparkling, she took off at a run towards the end of the cliff.’
      • ‘Darius turned and set off at a stumbling run towards the entrance to the sanctuary.’
      • ‘She slid back under the gate and took off at a run towards the big house.’
      • ‘She approached slowly at first, then broke into a run, her curiosity conquering her fear.’
      • ‘They looked at each other and set off at a run, the girl trailing behind them, and the boy behind her.’
      • ‘She set out for her house at a run, and arrived there minutes later, gasping for air.’
      • ‘They had just passed into the central quadrangle when young Brown returned at a run.’
      • ‘She changed her pace now to a run as the cry of a frightened horse broke the air.’
      • ‘He broke into a run, tripping over things and scraping the skin from his hands and knees.’
      • ‘The man walked very quickly down the hall and broke into a run as he passed the corner.’
      • ‘Desiree just rolled her eyes and took off in a run towards the paddock, screaming the name of the child who was paying no heed.’
      • ‘Suddenly he was hugging me tightly and calling for Mina who came in the small room at a run.’
      • ‘She stared at them for a minute before taking off at a run, sobbing as she ran.’
      • ‘He hit the ground at a run, not even pausing to pick his backpack up from where he had dropped it in the dirt.’
      • ‘When they were far enough down the long hall, they both broke into a run and shot up the stairs.’
      • ‘She walked for about a quarter of a mile and then suddenly broke into an oblique run up the soft part of the beach.’
      • ‘The footsteps got faster as they got closer, and the person soon broke into a run.’
      • ‘Jake scrambled downstairs at a run and launched himself at Jonathan with a cry of joy.’
      • ‘The man backed away towards a set of stairs leading back to ground level, then took off at a run.’
      • ‘The boy took off, and she followed at a run, interested to see where the boy would lead her.’
    2. 1.2 An annual mass migration of fish up or down a river:
      ‘the annual salmon runs’
      • ‘As the tide ebbs the sea water starts to drain from the river, making visible the runs and likely lies of fish just in from the Atlantic.’
      • ‘On many Western rivers, dams have already severely curtailed wild spawning runs.’
      • ‘Fish runs attract pinnipeds, which attract great whites.’
      • ‘The hardest part of drum fishing during the spring spawning run is getting the right bait.’
      • ‘Several rivers in East Texas host winter runs of spawn-bound white bass.’
      • ‘Anglers from Carlow observed a run of fish last weekend going up over the Carlow Weir.’
      • ‘We need you to keep us informed when there is a good run of fish at Banada Bridge.’
      • ‘Crowds of people and predators greet the arrival of many fish spawning runs.’
      • ‘This is the prime time of year to fish this region with excellent runs of all species and a large variety of rivers to choose from.’
      • ‘Newport has been a centre for research into salmon and eels since 1955 and has recorded full data on salmon and eel runs since 1970.’
      • ‘Grunion runs occur at predictable times and dates associated with the highest night-time tides from April to July.’
      • ‘Harbor seals were found to congregate in the Saint John Harbour during the runs of alewife but not Atlantic salmon.’
      • ‘Quite a few salmon and sea trout have been seen running the river, although the main run of grilse is still not here.’
      • ‘Maritz said shad runs were unlike the annual sardine run, where the smaller fish were trapped between warm currents and the land.’
      • ‘Arran, Islay, Bute and Mull all contain lochs full of trout and also boast short spate rivers with good runs of sea-trout and salmon.’
      • ‘Reports suggest this has been the worst year for runs of salmon in rivers.’
      • ‘Many of the rivers in the area are also suffering from low water, and a good downpour would do wonders for runs of fish, as well as anglers' spirits!’
      • ‘The Carrowniskey River is also seeing a run of fresh fish, and fish were reported to have been caught over the last few days.’
  • 2A journey accomplished or route taken by a vehicle, aircraft, or boat, especially on a regular basis:

    ‘the London–Liverpool run’
    • ‘He believed Virgin would start to take a bigger share of the market on the Glasgow run when a new timetable was introduced in December.’
    • ‘Figures show car use for the school run has risen in the past decade.’
    • ‘It isn't right that lawyers can troll for clients from the police accident reports, or records of ambulance runs.’
    • ‘I am pleased that he has announced an additional train on the Aberdeen run from Edinburgh.’
    • ‘The journeys they make also tend to be shorter: school runs, shopping, short-distance commuting.’
    • ‘The problem of vehicles on the school run jamming up roads was being discussed by councillors this afternoon.’
    • ‘Most of those who pass it will do so habitually: commuters going in and out of the city, commercial drivers doing regular runs from one depot or customer to another.’
    • ‘Unfortunately I had to cut short my low-fuel runs because I had some longer stints to do for tyre evaluation.’
    • ‘In total 26 miles was covered in the tractor run and not a single breakdown was recorded along the route.’
    • ‘The ferries can't be used on regular runs because they can't carry big RVs, buses or commercial truck traffic, said Stefanson.’
    • ‘I teased her mercilessly - what was the point of getting a degree for a life of TV, coffee mornings and school runs?’
    • ‘The crew are also going out into the community, babysitting for young pregnant mothers at the Teen Haven project, doing soup runs with the Salvation Army, and visiting seniors with the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship.’
    • ‘Rethinking the school run and other short trips has big implications for the rest of us as well.’
    • ‘Is your school run part of your journey to work or do you need a second journey for it?’
    • ‘In a separate plan, five school bus runs are being covered by CCTV on vehicles.’
    • ‘That equates to an optimum return of 22.17 mpg on distance runs.’
    • ‘The slippery shape also helps towards the claimed 50 mpg on motorway runs.’
    • ‘They are also having to battle with the dangers of congestion from the sheer volume of traffic created by the morning and afternoon school runs.’
    • ‘Anyone who goes on a school run will know how difficult it is.’
    • ‘But Mr Darling said a fifth of morning rush-hour traffic was caused by the school run.’
    • ‘What do we do now to prevent the school run causing havoc each morning?’
    • ‘On our side, we go into the race in a strong position: the car is consistent on long runs and our top speeds are competitive.’
    route, way, course, journey
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    1. 2.1 A short excursion made in a car:
      ‘we could take a run out to the country’
      • ‘As it's been such a nice day, after having had lunch at Blairmains this afternoon I thought it would be nice to go for a run in the car, so we headed off northwards to Callander, where we had a nice walk around and some ice cream in the sunshine.’
      • ‘We went for a run in the car and ended up in Bundoran so we went bowling.’
      • ‘Yesterday, Val came for lunch and then we went for a run out to Milngavie to the Garden Centre and came home laden with purple and yellow primulas for the balcony.’
      drive, ride, turn
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    2. 2.2 The distance covered in a specified period, especially by a ship:
      ‘a record run of 398 miles from noon to noon’
      • ‘With following winds reaching 42 knots we surfed up Clarence Strait, across Sumner Strait and didn't have headwinds until the last few miles into tiny Louise Cove on Kuiu Island, a day's run of 110 miles.’
    3. 2.3 A short flight made by an aircraft on a straight and even course at a constant speed before or while dropping bombs:
      ‘bombing runs by B52s’
      • ‘One day we were in a position in the formation where it was logical for the copilot to fly the bomb run.’
      • ‘They were now going to make a desperate run towards their target, bomb it, and get the hell out.’
      • ‘This was now a critical phase of the bomb run and a time when the formation was most vulnerable.’
  • 3An opportunity or attempt to achieve something:

    ‘their absence means the Russians will have a clear run at the title’
    • ‘We are trying to win every game but we will continue to give as many lads a run as possible and we'll continue to experiment as much as we can.’
    • ‘At least that way we could pick up on points that we have learned in the first year and have a good run at developing the project further over two, three, four or five years.’
    • ‘As we are currently holding second place in the Eastern Centre Championship, we are hoping to have a good run at this one to see if we can overtake the current holder of this title.’
    • ‘In coming years, while rivals may struggle to integrate costly and complex mergers, the group can have a clear run at growing its underlying operations and slashing costs, some analysts and fund managers said.’
    chance, lucky chance, good time, golden opportunity, time, occasion, moment, favourable moment, favourable occasion, favourable time, right set of circumstances, appropriate moment, appropriate occasion, appropriate time, suitable moment, suitable occasion, suitable time, opportune moment, opportune occasion, opportune time, opening, option, slot, turn, go, field day
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    1. 3.1 A preliminary test of a procedure or system:
      ‘if you are styling your hair yourself, have a practice run’
      • ‘Several test runs are being done before the formal opening.’
      • ‘During the week he made a brief call to us, fully kitted out, during a practice run.’
      • ‘Was the hype akin to a practice run for parliamentary and presidential elections this fall?’
      • ‘It was interesting work, but it did feel like a test run for something bigger and better.’
      • ‘We are having a practice run beforehand to make sure they know what they are doing, but I am sure they will do well and enjoy it.’
      • ‘Have test runs with your friends and family before taking paying customers.’
      • ‘Experimental runs were recorded by a digital camcorder and analysed with frame-capture software.’
      • ‘Some of the more impressive test runs can be seen in these videos from Georgia Tech and Stanford University.’
      • ‘The following day, it became known that this debate was planned as a test run for a vote of no confidence.’
      • ‘Away from football matters, South Korea used Scotland's visit as a practice run for the World Cup.’
      • ‘It's very much the sort of thing you assign students as a practice run, like reshooting, shot for shot, a famous scene.’
      • ‘Can you assure the House that this is not a test run for flexible hours of work, to prove that it will not work?’
      • ‘Eight companies in three divisions were selected for a test run from December to May.’
      • ‘Test runs have revealed that the performance of this product is at least as good as or even better than that of today's products.’
      • ‘It was a little project that he had been working on, and he figured it was time to give the pen a test run.’
      • ‘I'm doing a test run, so I'm going to post the first three chapters and see how it turns out.’
      • ‘I'm giving it a trial run starting today.’
      • ‘I think it will turn out that Europe and America were test runs of technologies that will be far better implemented in the Southern hemisphere.’
      • ‘After successful test runs, both rovers are preparing to turn their instruments on nearby targets on the Martian surface.’
      • ‘Lacking in any obvious rationale, the British terrorism-attack practice runs appear more like panicked PR than useful exercises.’
      • ‘Skeptical Democrats at least owe the project team a chance to prove the machine's worth in test runs.’
      • ‘Since there were cardboard targets in the room, he decided to give the pistol a test run.’
    2. 3.2 An attempt to secure election to political office:
      ‘his run for the Republican nomination’
      • ‘The obvious consequence is that only people with money or with access to money can make serious runs for public office.’
      • ‘Although this is his first run for elected office, Nolla is not a political novice.’
      • ‘He firmly denied any suggestion that he had struck a deal in return for giving his fellow Right-winger the prospect of a clear run.’
      • ‘The fact that she maintained popularity amongst Democrats well before she announced her run for the nomination, leads one to believe that they wanted her to run.’
      • ‘He was the first of all candidates to announce his run for the White House.’
      • ‘A separate poll last week suggested 77% of people thought he had had a successful beginning to his run for the presidency, compared to 57% for his rival.’
      • ‘He has so far spent some $33m on his run for the Senate, most of it from his own pocket.’
  • 4A continuous spell of a particular situation or condition:

    ‘he's had a run of bad luck’
    • ‘This followed a run of bad luck in which the engine broke down and an expensive refit to the vessel was required.’
    • ‘I've had a run of bad luck with illness and Achilles problems and now this.’
    • ‘Stuart has suffered a miserable run of luck with injuries over the last year.’
    • ‘He hopes by then the team may be enjoying more success than at present, saying their current run of form is about as poor as he can remember.’
    • ‘Their unprecedented run of success has seen them sell out five arena tours and perform to more than four million fans.’
    • ‘This breaks up their working partnership and marks the end of their run of luck.’
    • ‘What he needs is a run of luck that will allow him to keep this awkward coalition together.’
    • ‘With all this breathless activity, and the firm's seemingly endless run of good luck, it is hard to see what can go wrong.’
    • ‘The single was originally due for release in May but was hit by a run of bad luck.’
    • ‘Floods are not the only effect of this summer's run of bad weather.’
    • ‘He had suffered a run of ill health in the later years of his life, coping with diabetes and suffering from a stroke early in 1999 which affected the left side of his body and badly impaired his speech.’
    • ‘I've had a horrific run of bad luck with money in the past few weeks.’
    • ‘We sat in the living room one night, talking about our run of bad luck and neither of us said it but we knew.’
    • ‘It is astonishing how quickly things can start to change, once you get a run of bad luck.’
    • ‘The run of misfortune didn't stop however.’
    • ‘In the midst of this current run of bad form, some things haven't changed of course.’
    • ‘Leah tells Dan that she can't believe her current run of bad luck.’
    • ‘He may yet find he is the last man standing come the end of the season if the club's run of bad luck continues.’
    • ‘A month later our twelve-year-old daughter had a run of ill health.’
    • ‘What's more, they stick to their strategies even if they are having a run of bad luck.’
    • ‘I had my best run of form towards the end of the season, and it ended at the wrong time for me.’
    period, spell, stretch, spate, bout
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    1. 4.1 A continuous series of performances:
      ‘the play had a long run in the West End’
      • ‘This latest win extended Windermere's winning run to nine successive victories.’
      • ‘After a torrid Leinster league campaign that saw the side barely survive in the top flight the Blues have put together a great cup run to reach their second successive final.’
      • ‘Nab Wood extended their unbeaten run to six games by coming back from three goals down to draw 3-3.’
      • ‘He has never before been involved in an FA Cup run that has reached the last eight.’
      • ‘Most definitely, we can take a lot from this game and the cup run we have had.’
      • ‘City extended their unbeaten run to seven games when they won 3-0 at Chesterfield.’
      • ‘Palace are three points adrift at the bottom on a run of five defeats, but Dowie insists the league table should be no shock.’
      • ‘Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of Division One and extended their unbeaten home run to 14 games, but made hard work of disposing of plucky Preston.’
      • ‘Still, they both extended their unbeaten runs to five matches.’
      • ‘During rehearsals both actresses have been wearing long skirts and corsets as they will during the plays run.’
      • ‘Their winning league run actually extends to 16 games, having won their two closing fixtures of last season.’
      • ‘Rochdale's successful FA Cup run has provided a welcome boost to their coffers.’
      • ‘Sertori was happier with the fact the team extended their unbeaten run to eight games - beating another of the third division's form teams - rather than his goal.’
      • ‘It is the first time in five months City have recorded back-to-back victories and extends their unbeaten run to four games.’
      • ‘In defeating the champions, Robson's team extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches since May.’
      • ‘However, the home side fought back for a 2-2 draw to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.’
      • ‘Both sides have had good runs in their respective cup competitions in September.’
      • ‘Bexley maintained their position at the top of Kent 3 when they extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 25-8 win at Deal.’
      • ‘Gaelic Players Chicago and Tara Theatre Company, Winnipeg, have had sellout runs with the play over the past twelve months and Westport Drama Group became the first Irish group to stage the play last April.’
      • ‘The good news is that the show is back for an extended run this year and more than lives up to its own legend.’
    2. 4.2 A quantity or amount of something produced at one time:
      ‘a production run of only 150 cars’
      • ‘They cajoled suppliers into making special production runs of key components.’
      • ‘This is not too bad when the number of components is relatively small, or the production runs are relatively large.’
      • ‘We do not know what their production runs were, but this is stuff you can keep.’
      • ‘High production runs were the only thing that could increase profits and ultimately cause memory prices to fall.’
      • ‘Energetic and structural properties were also monitored for stability during the production runs.’
      • ‘Production schedules are characterized by short runs and frequent product changeovers.’
      • ‘Taylor's principles of ‘scientific management’ assume long production runs of standardized products.’
      • ‘With the company closely monitoring and then predicting expected demand for labels, production runs are planned to help keep stocking levels down.’
      • ‘Assembly-line production with human labour is most economical for single-product runs of large scale.’
      • ‘He says this has been fixed in recent production runs.’
      • ‘On the other hand, he says, the production runs tie up money.’
      • ‘Sales of these models will presumably help fund ever bigger production runs.’
      • ‘This method is ideal for small production runs of accurately cut and formed parts without a custom-made die.’
    3. 4.3 A continuous stretch or length of something:
      ‘long runs of copper piping’
      • ‘A good long run of CW1308 cable can be used for ADSL; 50m can typically be easily achieved without any noticeable degradation.’
      • ‘Place a separate order for each run of cable needed.’
      • ‘Wire adjusters are a means of shortening or extending the length of the wires that run out to the signals, because changes in the weather can have a substantial effect on a long run of wire.’
      • ‘What is the longest recommended run of tubing?’
      • ‘These local failures quickly spread, soon compromising the entire run of piping.’
    4. 4.4 A rapid series of musical notes forming a scale.
      • ‘The first movement moves to a too-stately tread, although the 16th note runs are light enough.’
      • ‘His tone and legato playing are ravishing, and his execution of the composer's florid runs and other figurations is smooth.’
      • ‘His voice retains its evenness in all registers, and he cleanly articulates Vivaldi's most difficult runs and fioriture.’
      • ‘All songs and many calls, for example, contain runs of relatively pure notes.’
      • ‘The scores are filled with amazing runs, double stops, surprising melodic leaps and various special effects.’
    5. 4.5 A sequence of cards of the same suit.
      • ‘A four of a kind is closed, and can no longer be extended, and the same would apply in theory to a run of 14 cards with an ace at each end.’
      • ‘As in most rummy games, the possible melds are sets of equal cards and runs of consecutive cards in the same suit.’
      • ‘The next deal is passed to the next person and four cards dealt to each player and played the same way except now you must get four of a kind or a run of the same suit.’
      • ‘Twos and jokers are wild and can be used in any set or run to represent any desired card.’
      • ‘The player must specify (if it is not clear) whether the meld is a run or a set, the rank of the set, and the rank and suit of a run.’
      • ‘The commonest type is a run, or unbroken sequence of cards in a suit.’
      • ‘You cannot add cards below the 1 or above the 14 in runs.’
      • ‘A run consists of three or more consecutive cards in a single suit.’
      • ‘A sequence meld in course of construction must always consist of a run of three or more consecutive cards of one suit.’
      • ‘Decide what's missing from your hand - the cards you need for a run, or to fill in a piece of meld.’
      • ‘It may not be played in a run or sequence, and cannot be played in a trick.’
  • 5a run onA widespread and sudden demand for (a commodity) or a widespread trading in (a currency):

    ‘there's been a big run on nostalgia toys this year’
    • ‘We’ve had a run on bottled water and batteries.’
    • ‘The threat of disruptions in gasoline supply due to Hurricane Ike sparked a run on gas last Thursday and Friday.’
    • ‘Two years back this newspaper carried a story suggesting a serious run on the dollar was becoming a distinct possibility.’
    • ‘Nervous motorists start stockpiling fuel, causing a run on petrol, which in turn sparks yet more panic buying.’
    1. 5.1 A sudden demand for repayment from (a bank) made by a large number of lenders:
      ‘growing nervousness among investors led to a run on some banks’
      • ‘The participants called for the formulation of guidelines for journalists to prevent them from publishing alarming stories that contribute to runs on commercial banks.’
      • ‘Uruguay floated its currency late last month following a run on banks and a plunge in foreign reserves.’
      • ‘As someone who has no investments and uses the bank to pay in and withdraw funds (I am self-employed) it occurred to me that in the same way that investors need up-to-date market data to inform their investment decisions, depositors need up-to-date information if their savings are at risk of a run on the bank.’
      • ‘The merchant community organized a run on the banks, and the Government gave in.’
      demand for, rush for, sudden request for, clamour for
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  • 6the runThe average or usual type of person or thing:

    ‘she stood out from the general run of Tory women’
    • ‘Plato realizes that the general run of humankind can think, and speak, etc., without (so far as they acknowledge) any awareness of his realm of Forms.’
    • ‘You'd hope it would be used for rather more interesting events than the usual run of annual trade and professional and party political conventions.’
    • ‘What lifts this movie above the usual run of dutifully sweet romantic comedies is the bright, fantasy-friendly sensibility of its two directors, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.’
    • ‘It is also to help new generations discover that they are not that different from the common run of humanity.’
    type, kind, sort, variety, class, category, order
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    1. 6.1 The general tendency of something:
      ‘quite against the run of play, Smith scored an early try’
      • ‘Thankfully the incident did not divert the attention of either side from the main goal of winning the game though the hold-up was to have a significant bearing on the run of play.’
      • ‘Preston took the lead against the run of play when Nicola Rawlinson forced the ball home after a goal mouth scramble.’
      • ‘And then two goals in a minute transformed the game against the run of play.’
      • ‘Completely against the run of play, however, Samoa struck back with a try.’
      • ‘On the contrary, it was with full knowledge of those realities, and against the run of history, that the unity of purpose prevailed.’
      • ‘That goal came against the run of play, as did the second Armagh goal in the 25th minute.’
      • ‘Chances were created but, unfortunately, went begging and Lytham took the lead against the run of play.’
      • ‘York had begun slowly but went ahead against the run of play when John Raper converted Olly Couttie's cross.’
      • ‘Fortunately the U.S. managed to get a third goal against the run of play to seal the game.’
      • ‘It is only in the last decade that the industry has begun to appreciate and champion the importance of old trees that have survived against the run of forestry fashion.’
      trend, tendency, course, direction, movement, drift, tide, current
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  • 7A sloping snow-covered course or track used for skiing, bobsleighing, or tobogganing:

    ‘a ski run’
    • ‘It's not that expensive with a lot of steep hard runs but plenty of slopes for beginners too.’
    • ‘One of the largest resorts in Quebec, Sutton boasts 40 kilometres of runs with 194 junctions allowing you to take a different route on each run.’
    • ‘You face the frequent ski fanatic's dilemma: all year long you fantasise about adrenalin-pumping runs with mogul fields to die for, while your partner, frankly, doesn't.’
    • ‘Experience is needed for snowboarding because of the many narrow runs with death-defying drops and long, momentum-sapping flat sections.’
    • ‘They are not here for powder runs or world-class pistes.’
    • ‘At least 200 skiers a year worldwide are killed in accidents, many of which are related to irresponsible holidaymakers ‘bombing’ down runs with little regard for those below them.’
    • ‘I was a bit worried, because the only skiable route back down towards La Grave was an off-piste black run.’
    • ‘The courses are well maintained with machinery for tramping the runs and artificial snow machines.’
    • ‘Of course there's an almighty dump of snow just after we leave, but for now there's just enough snow for a few of the runs to be open.’
    • ‘Powder hounds won't be disappointed either as there are excellent off-piste skiing and mogul runs, but it's wise to ask for a guide if you take the uncharted option.’
    • ‘And there are lots of shops and bars at the bottom of the runs - ideal meeting places if you happen to lose anyone on the way down.’
    • ‘There are broad boulevard pistes, delightful glade runs and routes through trees where room for manoeuvre becomes progressively tighter.’
    • ‘The ski centre will have 14 alpine skiing runs with a capacity for 4600 skiers, and will be located between the village of Panichishte, the Rila Lakes, and Peak Kabul.’
    • ‘The run stretches away out of sight, curling down the mountain, swooping into the valley below.’
    • ‘There are fresh powder runs everywhere; the snow has covered up all the tracks.’
    • ‘Skiing from 14,000 feet is a special treat: runs are longer; snow lasts longer.’
    • ‘After a fast chair to the summit I skied a run which took me to an ancient two-person chairlift.’
    • ‘Mike and Pat can head straight up to the moguls and gullies of some of the area's black runs.’
    • ‘Most of the 200 or so runs across the two mountains are far more sedate, and Whistler is even establishing a reputation as a decent place to learn to ski.’
    • ‘A full Mont Blanc ski pass expands the skiing domain to 762 kilometres of runs.’
    • ‘Four of the runs were open, but our weekend wasn't about skiing.’
    • ‘It's pretty safe to ski groomed runs by yourself at a populated resort.’
    slope, piste, track
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    1. 7.1 A track made or regularly used by a particular animal:
      ‘a badger run’
      • ‘He also learned to read various animal trails, runs, beds and feeding areas and how to track and trap them.’
      • ‘Where rabbit-proof fencing cuts across badger runs, particularly near active setts, the badgers are likely to dig under or make holes in the netting, thus allowing rabbits to cross the fence.’
      • ‘Trees should be felled away from any holes, main badger runs or obvious latrines.’
      • ‘Fences should also not be built across deer runs, as deer will continue to try and use the run, damaging themselves and the fence.’
  • 8An enclosed area in which domestic animals or birds may run freely in the open:

    ‘an excellent and safe guinea pig run’
    • ‘The cats are never allowed out - that is why Mr Satterley has built a cat run covered completely by netting.’
    • ‘Avoid harvesting soil from areas where animal excrement is prevalent, such as in dog runs or from grazing areas.’
    • ‘The main breeding cattery is a six- by twelve-metre enclosure, divided into runs.’
    • ‘We have an enclosed dog run behind our garage where we usually leave the dogs when we are at work.’
    • ‘The previous owners had two small dogs and treated this area as a dog run, so it was much flattened and stale when we moved in.’
    • ‘Hygroma is caused by repeated contact with hard surfaces such as cement runs or hardwood floors.’
    • ‘The third garden area is at the top of a flight of steps and includes a block-built shed with a kennel and a large fenced dog run.’
    enclosure, pen, coop, compound
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    1. 8.1the run of Free and unrestricted use of or access to:
      ‘her cats were given the run of the house’
      • ‘Well, they have the run of the country now, and they still haven't found anything.’
      • ‘We had the run of this house, a bungalow with long corridors and lots of weird things to play with and things we were told not to touch.’
      • ‘The place was practically deserted, so we had the run of almost every engine to ourselves.’
      • ‘Parents who as youngsters had the run of Glasgow's streets now keep their sons and daughters close to their sides.’
      • ‘How much space will your pet require or will it need the run of your house?’
      • ‘In return for this, I allow them the run of the lawn and do not eat them.’
      • ‘The children have the run of the house, as long as they don't break anything.’
      • ‘We discovered very quickly that he couldn't be given the run of the house.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, our beer-drinking mates have the run of a huge range of designer ales and lagers.’
      • ‘She is said to have had the run of Downing Street, until her exclusion in April.’
      • ‘Because it was only 11 am and it wasn't a school holiday, Jeremy and I had the run of the place.’
      • ‘Better still, give them the run of the house while you stay in the hotel.’
      • ‘Moving to Los Angeles, they are offered the run of the house at his mother's pad in the hills.’
      • ‘I know it can be tough to lock up your beloved pet when they always have the run of the house.’
      free use of, unrestricted use of, unrestricted access to
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    2. 8.2Australian, NZ A large open stretch of land used for pasture or the raising of stock:
      ‘one of the richest cattle runs of the district’
      • ‘The great cause of conflict was Aborigines taking cattle and sheep from newly established grazing runs.’
      • ‘When the pastoralists pushed north, looking for grazing land and runs for their sheep, Thomas Elder was one of them to take up large leases in the Beltana area.’
  • 9Cricket
    A unit of scoring achieved by hitting the ball so that both batsmen are able to run between the wickets, or awarded in some other circumstances.

    • ‘Tanzania lost to Namibia by three runs as the Namibia side batted second and scored 100 runs for three wickets down.’
    • ‘He said that there are different ways for batsmen to score runs, and indeed there are different ways to win.’
    • ‘Despite this, only 46 runs were added to the total before the tea interval.’
    • ‘Instead, Australia lost by two runs, the narrowest margin of defeat in Ashes history.’
    • ‘His first five balls resulted in eight runs scored for two wickets.’
    • ‘If they fail to score another run or take another wicket on the entire tour, it will not matter one iota.’
    • ‘Thompson and Tyrer continued to pile on the runs and completed the victory by nine wickets.’
    • ‘One dramatic event followed another yesterday where 25 wickets crashed and 358 runs were scored.’
    • ‘In 102 tests for his country, he scored 5,200 runs and took 383 wickets.’
    • ‘In that very first innings of the series four batsmen scored 203 runs and the rest crumbled for just 67.’
    • ‘They went on to win by four wickets when the winning runs were scored in the 16th over.’
    • ‘In his 12 games with the club he scored more than 400 runs, took 15 wickets and excelled in the field.’
    • ‘But in cricket, the batsmen get the runs and bowlers get wickets.’
    • ‘It proved a tall order - the visitors fell short by four runs.’
    • ‘Leicestershire won by an innings and 151 runs after amassing 681-7 declared which is the highest score ever made against Yorkshire by any county.’
    • ‘Australia won by 197 runs after bowling out Sri Lanka for 154 midway through the final day.’
    • ‘The New Park player captured four wickets for 25 runs and scored 32.’
    • ‘Durham dodged the showers to record their first championship win at Chester-le-Street for two years when they beat Derbyshire by 30 runs.’
    • ‘He is one of only six players to have scored 3,000 runs and taken 200 wickets in Test matches.’
    • ‘Over the next decade Miller played 55 times for Australia, scoring 2958 runs and taking 170 wickets.’
    1. 9.1Baseball A point scored by the batter returning to home plate after touching the other bases.
      • ‘Maicer Izturis homered and drove in three runs for Los Angeles.’
      • ‘Too many runners have been left on base; too many runs have not been scored.’
      • ‘Home runs are important, but it's more important for me to drive in runs.’
      • ‘The Tigers fared far better in other categories, leading the league with 185 home runs and 671 runs scored.’
      • ‘He retired with a total of 649 stolen bases and nearly 1,200 runs scored.’
      • ‘In just over three seasons in the majors, Grieve has hit 76 homers and driven in 303 runs.’
      • ‘The 1957 Kansas City Athletics led the American League in home runs, but finished last in the league in runs scored.’
      • ‘The two glaring needs are a leadoff hitter with speed who can play center and a third baseman who can make contact and drive in runs.’
      • ‘If he learns to hit the ball on the ground and use his legs to get on base and score runs, he'll have a bright future in the majors.’
      • ‘He also led a 7-5 win in Philadelphia on May 12 with another two home runs and five runs batted in.’
      • ‘He also had 240 hits and became the first leadoff hitter ever to drive in 100 runs.’
      • ‘It's not a fabulous lineup, but I don't think they'll come last in the Majors in runs scored either.’
      • ‘Scoring runs is about getting on base and driving the runners around the bases.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, for that one season in 1930, he was a model of consistency when it came to driving in runs.’
      • ‘He'll hit some homers and drive in some runs, but he won't do much more.’
      • ‘He has done much more than that, driving in runs and showing power.’
      • ‘Bobby Abreu scored 109 runs and was among the league's top 10 in on-base percentage.’
      • ‘In his second game back, Durazo hit three homers and drove in nine runs.’
      • ‘Regarding the second question, it would mean a team would have had to send 19 men to the plate and score at least 13 runs.’
      • ‘On balance, stolen bases have very little to do with runs scored.’
      • ‘I seem to remember a lot of hitting, with the Dodgers scoring at least 11 runs.’
  • 10North American A ladder in stockings or tights:

    ‘she had a run in her nylons’
    • ‘Her legs were old and worn, tiny blue and purple veins played along the backs of her knees, and stockings with runs as long as the Mississippi fell to her ankles.’
    • ‘Seam sealants have a wide variety of uses, including stopping hosiery runs.’
    • ‘Take all your tights (check them first for runs and holes) and put them in a lined basket.’
    ladder, rip, tear, snag, hole
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  • 11A downward trickle of paint or a similar substance when applied too thickly:

    ‘varnish should be applied with care to avoid runs and an uneven surface’
    • ‘Apply varnish full strength, taking extra care to avoid runs and sags.’
    • ‘This can mean paint runs, sags and wrinkling on vertical surfaces, plus an overall reduced rate of coverage per gallon.’
    1. 11.1 A small stream:
      ‘a shallow run at the edge of a low rock’
      • ‘Then I heard and saw a good rise that was obviously from a much bigger fish at the bottom of a run under some trees.’
      • ‘Fall floods seem to have improved the river topography and most who have walked the river suggest the number of runs with fish-holding potential has vastly improved.’
  • 12the runsinformal Diarrhoea.

    • ‘Another thing I always take with me is dirolyte, which is a tablet-form medicine which dissolves in water and is for replacing body vitamins when you have had the runs.’
    • ‘Consuming not-so-fresh egg yolk can give you gripes and the runs.’
    • ‘I did have the runs a bit, but never anything like bleeding and I didn't think anything dramatic was wrong.’
    • ‘I guess he had a pretty bad case of the runs, because he kept talking to himself, and flushing the toilet.’
    • ‘During the night I had a bad case of the runs.’
    loose motions, looseness of the bowels
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  • 13Nautical
    The after part of a ship's bottom where it rises and narrows towards the stern.

    • ‘Having a coarse run, she carried a huge body of water in her wake, in which the rudder was useless.’

Usage

On the use of verbs used with and instead of a ‘to’ infinitive, as in run and fetch the paper, see and

Phrases

  • be run off one's feet

  • come running

    • Be eager to do what someone wants:

      ‘he had only to crook his finger and she would come running’
      • ‘I don't know how you do it, but whenever you crook your little finger, we all come running.’
      • ‘Every once in a while he has flings but when Michelle crooks her finger he comes running.’
      • ‘But what will happen if she snaps her fingers, and they do not come running?’
      • ‘They can't simply choose which dictators they want toppled and expect us to come running each time.’
      • ‘It drove her mad that I didn't come running when she snapped her fingers.’
      • ‘Bobby Orr was single then, and all he had to do was crook his finger and the girls would come running.’
  • give someone/thing a (good) run for their money

    • Provide someone or something with challenging competition:

      ‘they've given some of the top teams a run for their money this season’
      • ‘She was the British Ladies Rally Champion for three successive years, from 1976 to 1978 and continues to give the competition a run for their money.’
      • ‘Murphy is also adamant that despite their substandard performance in the Leinster final they will give Limerick a run for their money.’
      • ‘There's only the two women in the final eight, so hopefully we can give the men a run for their money.’
      • ‘I will tell you this, we fear nobody and if we get a home draw we would give our opponents a run for their money.’
      • ‘We are confident that with fares from £48 return including taxes, we will give the railways a run for their money.’
      • ‘If there was a civic award for the best cross country ski town in the United States, the Twin Cities would give all competition a run for their money.’
      • ‘Mr Mitchell was particularly upset that the behaviour came from teenage girls rather than boys but as we have seen in recent months, when it comes to anti-social behaviour the girls are giving the boys a run for their money.’
      • ‘Starting the main event in seventh spot, the Airdrie driver managed to make his way to third and was giving the leaders a run for their money.’
      • ‘In a sport typically dominated by males, 16 year-old Makara Martin has been giving the boys a run for their money.’
      • ‘Nestlé chiefs were staying tight-lipped about the research, but it is believed they are thrilled to be giving Cadbury a run for their money.’
  • have a (good) run for one's money

    • Derive reward or enjoyment in return for one's outlay or efforts:

      ‘investors have also had a good run for their money’
      • ‘Companies involved in learning and education performed well and telecommunications also had a good run for its money.’
      • ‘Investors have also had a good run for their money: the shares were floated on the Stock Market in 1987 at an equivalent of 45p and yesterday managed to level out at 260p.’
  • on the run

    • 1Trying to avoid being captured:

      ‘a criminal on the run from the FBI’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A courageous North Yorkshire man who helped catch a criminal on the run from police will tomorrow be honoured with a posthumous award.’
      • ‘Tommy was captured the following month after a year on the run.’
      • ‘Max became a household name in 1997 when he was shot by a criminal on the run from police.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gotovina is a famous war criminal on the run who has eluded capture.’
      • ‘Jafta said a 45-year-old woman who harboured the three fugitives during their time on the run was also arrested.’
      on the loose, at large, loose
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    • 2While running:

      ‘he took a pass on the run’
      • ‘Novak unleashes a forehand passing winner on the run and Henman then double-faults to go 15-40 down.’
      • ‘They work on different passes, footwork and throwing on the run.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Milt Palacio's ability to find teammates on the run and thread passes has helped the offense become more productive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 2.1Continuously busy:
        ‘I'm on the run every minute of the day’
        • ‘Receiving emails by phone is ideal for a busy person on the run.’
        • ‘Indigestion is aggravated by ‘hurry sickness’ - eating on the run and bolting down your food.’
        • ‘Her aunt was always on the run, always had to be somewhere doing something.’
        • ‘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.’
        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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  • run before one can walk

    • Attempt something difficult before one has grasped the basic skills:

      ‘don't try to run before you can walk’
      • ‘Dr Terry John said that, in rushing into the establishment of PCTs, the government was ignoring the old adage that you should not try to run before you can walk.’
      • ‘But in the desperate search for publicity, money and television interest, his agents and backers are trying to make him run before he can walk.’
      • ‘Some people put too much emphasis on making money and wanting to run before they can walk.’
      • ‘My message to those companies that are concerned with these areas is - don't try to run before you can walk.’
      • ‘Be realistic in your personal targets and do not try to run before you can walk.’
      • ‘N - Definitely give it a go but remember, don't run before you can walk.’
  • run a blockade

    • (of a ship) manage to enter or leave a blockaded port:

      ‘vessels suspected of running the UN blockade’
      • ‘It is so desperate that they will risk running a blockade without any support since there is no other chance of their survival.’
      • ‘At first, Russia wanted the entire city - they even ran a blockade to claim it, but the division was finally allowed.’
      • ‘Fourthly, more and more foreigners used Beijing as their springboard to run a blockade to the third country.’
      • ‘Since his health had not completely returned and his education had not been completed he ran a blockade and went to Europe.’
      • ‘Our soldiers battled for Stalingrad, ran a blockade of Leningrad, set free our land and peoples of Europe from fascism, stormed Berlin under the red flag of our powerful country.’
      • ‘During the Spanish American War the ‘Adula’ was seized June 29, 1898 by the U.S. cruiser ‘Marblehead’ for attempting to run a blockade at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.’
      • ‘He was captured while running a blockade off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and placed in an army prison at Point Lookout, Maryland.’
      • ‘Fifty-seven suspects trying to run a blockade were arrested on the ship.’
      • ‘If the neutral ship owner tries to run a blockade and is caught, his property suffers penalty, just as dealers trying to introduce provisions into a besieged town would lose their venture.’
      • ‘So they will actually be able to run a blockade if they come across one.’
  • run dry

    • 1(of a well or river) cease to flow or have any water.

      • ‘The Environment Agency has conducted similar studies each summer since the 1995 drought that resulted in many reservoirs and rivers across Yorkshire running dry.’
      • ‘It didn't rain for months, and water was rationed as the reservoirs ran dry.’
      • ‘And in a place where the rivers are running dry, and the harvest has been ruined by drought, the specter of starvation is looming ever larger.’
      • ‘Council chief executive Glenn Snelgrove is urging residents to conserve water to stop the reservoirs from running dry.’
      • ‘The phrase about not missing water until your river runs dry has never felt so apt.’
      • ‘From Bombay to Beijing, rivers are running dry or are so polluted they cannot support life.’
      • ‘Traffic gridlock is commonplace, air pollution levels are soaring and, most alarmingly, the thirst for water means the mighty Colorado River is increasingly running dry.’
      • ‘Reservoirs are running dry, unable to meet demands for drinking water and crop irrigation.’
      • ‘And last month, more than half of France's 95 local government regions introduced water rationing as rivers began to run dry in the most serious drought to strike the country for 25 years.’
      • ‘Sana'a's population has doubled every six years since 1972, but the aquifer on which it depends for water could run dry by 2010, according to the World Bank.’
      1. 1.1(of a source or supply) be completely used up:
        ‘municipal relief funds had long since run dry’
        • ‘Extra ale had to be drafted in on Saturday morning for the Campaign for Real Ale's three-day event in the Coronation Hall to make sure supplies did not run dry.’
        • ‘Gas stations ran dry in Europe, their supplies blocked by protesters fuming over rising fuel costs.’
        • ‘Then reports started to come in to the Evening Press that York petrol stations were running dry.’
        • ‘If this source of finance runs dry, desperate borrowers like Lucent will have no place to turn.’
        • ‘With gas supplies to Ireland from current sources expected to run dry by 2004, the government is anxious for one or more of these projects to get under way.’
        • ‘The government reassures us that cash machines will not run dry, and that supermarkets will have enough supplies between Christmas and the New Year.’
        • ‘If the President is truly worried about the federal coffers running dry he should stop cutting taxes for us better-off folk.’
        • ‘But sometimes, even my goodwill supply runs dry.’
        • ‘Back then, blockades of oil refineries led to many petrol stations running dry and massive queues as desperate motorists tried to get a share of what little petrol was available.’
        • ‘On Thursday, Highway Motors in Port Alfred had to turn away several motorists again after unleaded petrol supplies ran dry.’
  • run an errand

    • Carry out an errand for someone.

      • ‘Police were last night searching for a boy aged nine missing for more than 24 hours after leaving his home to run an errand.’
      • ‘She had disappeared while out running an errand for her mother.’
      • ‘She had had to go run an errand for her mom out at the grocery store, while Richard had still been there, and he had said he'd come along.’
      • ‘One week later, Colas, a sixth-grade student of the Lewis Yard Primary School failed to return home after running an errand for his mother who sent him to a nearby house to purchase some items.’
      • ‘I want you to run an errand for me, to the village.’
      • ‘I have to go run an errand, I'll be back in like ten minutes, okay?’
      • ‘Closed circuit TV footage from a convenience store near his home showed him running an errand for his mother at 5.02 pm, after which he returned home.’
      • ‘Mom says, ‘Would you watch Cole for me while I run an errand?’’
      • ‘Seniors will appreciate an offer to write a letter for them, make a phone call or run an errand while you're there.’
      • ‘I just returned home from running an errand to find this business card stuck in our door.’
  • (make a) run for it

    • Attempt to escape someone or something by running away:

      ‘Catherine wondered whether to make a run for it’
      • ‘While the sheriff is distracted Eavan runs for it.’
      • ‘Many young people might run for it if they thought they were being chased by a gang.’
      • ‘FInally, after a couple of hours we decided to make another run for it to cross the line.’
      • ‘Some people gave themselves up and were arrested, others made breakout attempts, climbing over containers and running for it.’
      • ‘A spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said that officers had been impressed by the prisoners' decision to stay and help the injured rather than make a run for it.’
      • ‘The logical choice was to go quietly and hope that she'd be able to escape, but she could also make a run for it if she thought she was fast enough.’
      • ‘Mr Robinson then felt convinced that something serious was about to take place, and he took to his heels and ran for it.’
      • ‘Martin makes a run for it, afraid his father will give him a beating.’
      • ‘When one of the guardsmen turned the other way, Ed ran for it, over the tracks and to the main road.’
      • ‘Sam even made a sad attempt to run for it but Jordan grabbed her.’
      flee, make a run for it, run away, run off, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, take oneself off, decamp, abscond, do a disappearing act
      beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, scram, hook it, fly the coop, do a fade
      do a runner, scarper, do a bunk
      light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo
      flee, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
      flee, run away, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, make oneself scarce, decamp, abscond, do a disappearing act
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  • run foul (or chiefly north americanafoul) of

    • 1Nautical
      Collide or become entangled with (an obstacle or another vessel):

      ‘another ship ran foul of us’
      • ‘Entering Bogue Inlet about dusk last May, the Coast Guard's rigid hull inflatable ran afoul of some breaking waves as the inlet bar was up that day.’
      • ‘It was in full sail close to us, luffing a little and standing across our course, and so close we had to strike sail to avoid running foul of her, while they too turned hard to let us pass.’
    • 2Come into conflict with; go against:

      ‘the act may run foul of data protection legislation’
      • ‘Because every year there are more rules and laws for us to run afoul of.’
      • ‘Lombard's admission means he now joins Michelle Smith and Hendricken as the third Irish athlete banned after running foul of testing for performance-enhancing substances.’
      • ‘Franz Ferdinand run the risk of running foul of the law in the US after deciding to use subliminal messages on their new album.’
      • ‘Since a man has been charged with that murder, the short film clip risked running foul of the law on contempt of court.’
      • ‘His guesthouse became a haven for travellers from across the world, a place to relax without worrying about dress restrictions or running foul of the police.’
      • ‘They've run afoul of the law and wound up in jail.’
      • ‘It's not so easy for an American organization to pay a large number of individuals from around the world, without running afoul of various IRS regulations.’
      • ‘Student gangs are a feature of school life and the teacher who runs afoul of any member of a gang, whether male or female, is in for a torrid time.’
      • ‘Might we think that there are times when it might permissible, perhaps obligatory, for us to do something that runs afoul of the rule of law in the name of a greater good?’
      • ‘He received a medical degree in 1884 but was soon dismissed from Boston City Hospital after running afoul of the rigid strictures governing medical practice by young doctors.’
  • run the gauntlet

  • run someone/thing close

    • Almost defeat a person or team in a contest:

      ‘the Germans ran Argentina close in the 1986 final’
      • ‘The Conservatives won one seat, and the SNP, under John Swinney, ran Labour close in two.’
      • ‘Thanks to truly top-class performances from Tom Hicks and Huw Jones Oxford crushed a good St. Mary's side that ran them close last year.’
      • ‘Smyth himself challenged Trimble's leadership last year and ran him close enough at 47 percent to 53 percent at the unionist council.’
      • ‘Never has a composer had such an influence on his successors - though Wagner may run him close.’
  • run high

    • see high
      be strong, be vehement, be fervent, be passionate, be intense
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    • 1(of a river) be close to overflowing, with a strong current:

      ‘the river was running high with the rain’
      • ‘The river is running high, and the boats settle into the current south of the Wilson Bridge.’
      • ‘Floods also caused some rail services to be diverted, and the Environment Agency issued warnings via loudhailers that the River Sheaf near Sheffield's Midland Rail Station was running high.’
      • ‘The river ran high with a fast, central ribbon of foam.’
      • ‘Homeowners and businesses in Sheffield and Doncaster had to pump water from downstairs rooms and cellars and loud hailers were used to warn businesses that the River Sheaf was running high close to Midland Station.’
      • ‘It's spring in western Montana; the rivers are running high and the newspapers are running stories of capsized canoes and dogs washed away.’
      • ‘The Grand River is running high and hard this morning.’
      be strong, be vehement, be fervent, be passionate, be intense
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      1. 1.1(of feelings) be intense:
        ‘passions run high when marriages break up’
        • ‘Ricketts said: ‘Confidence is running high in the camp and everyone is feeling a lot happier after our run of three wins in four games.’’
        • ‘Whenever you have tensions running high and military forces in close proximity to each other, you have the potential for conflict.’
        • ‘Feelings are running high on all sides, with some farmers saying the crisis has been mishandled, while others have seemingly profited from distress by claiming compensation of more than £1 million each.’
        • ‘Passions have been running high in the Australian community with regard to her twenty-year sentence for drug trafficking; the majority of people believed she was innocent.’
        • ‘As always, passions will be running high at the start of the game and the play will be fast and furious.’
        • ‘This is obviously an emotive issue, and emotions are currently running high.’
        • ‘Passions continued to run high in the Italian city of Genoa last night despite the end of the G8 summit.’
        • ‘Feelings are running high in Sligo at the moment and passions are only set to increase in the run-up to January 1.’
        • ‘Emotions were running high and people were obviously worried about their jobs.’
        • ‘In the final analysis, outsiders may wonder why passions are running so high on both sides of the divide.’
        be strong, be vehement, be fervent, be passionate, be intense
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  • run oneself into the ground

  • run into the sand

    • Come to nothing:

      ‘the peace initiative now seems to be running into the sand’
      • ‘It may be summer 2008 before local residents know whether the scheme will go ahead or finally run into the sand.’
      • ‘If trade talks in Qatar are not going to run into the sand it is this issue that must be resolved.’
      • ‘There is a danger that loss of political momentum and squabbles over other arms control issues could lead to the negotiations running into the sand.’
  • run its course

  • run low (or short)

    • 1Become depleted:

      ‘supplies had run short’
      • ‘Those most affected when supplies ran low were the poor.’
      • ‘Much of the city was still without electricity, gas and drinking water last night with food supplies running low.’
      • ‘However, the service has a limited budget and relies heavily on donations from companies and members of the public and supplies are always running low.’
      • ‘However, while water and medical supplies are running short in some areas stockpiling means that food is not yet generally scarce.’
      • ‘And they're scared supplies will run short, so everyone's trying to stock up now.’
      • ‘Cod supplies have been running short because of fishing restrictions imposed in the North Sea in a bid to repopulate depleted stocks.’
      • ‘Our food supply is running low so rations have nearly been cut in half.’
      • ‘If your water supply runs low, do not ration drinking water.’
      • ‘He predicts that a famine affecting up to 15 million of his people will hit next spring because the twice-yearly rains have largely failed and home-produced food supplies are already running low.’
      • ‘Preservation of food has been a problem or the human race since prehistoric times, since natural supplies of food run short in the winter and few foods keep for long without some preservative measures being taken.’
      • ‘In this context, it's worth noting that the wholesale price for coal has also soared, even though there are no substantial worries about supplies running low.’
      dwindle, diminish, become depleted, get less, be used up, become exhausted, be short, be in short supply, be tight
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      1. 1.1Have too little of something:
        ‘we're running short of time’
        • ‘The clinic was running low on crucial supplies.’
        • ‘It did not take long before the Crusaders were running short on supplies and on patience.’
        • ‘We were running short of time, and ominous clouds were massing in the sky, but we couldn't resist stepping inside the old church.’
        • ‘The aircraft flew over the Atlantic but weather conditions deteriorated and by the time the squadron reached the English coast at dawn, they were running short of fuel.’
        • ‘The main hospital was reported to be running short of oxygen and bandages.’
        • ‘Doctors said they were running short of anesthetics and medical equipment.’
        • ‘She was running low on her supply of phenytoin and had developed a headache over the past two days.’
        • ‘Red Cross centres are also running low on supplies, with shortages of water tanks, pumps, hoses, chainsaws and hand tools.’
        • ‘A builder working there said he had heard that the island is running short of water.’
        • ‘The centre has been running short of blood donors and is appealing for people to come forward and donate.’
        dwindle, diminish, become depleted, get less, be used up, become exhausted, be short, be in short supply, be tight
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  • run a mile

    • informal Used with reference to a situation regarded as frightening or alarming:

      ‘if someone proposed to me I'd probably run a mile’
      • ‘Executives who would run a mile if approached on the Tube by one of these youths have decided they are the vessels through which the community is represented.’
      • ‘If an asylum seeker is told they have to seek the permission of the Minister or seek legal advice, they will probably run a mile.’
      • ‘If anyone says to me that those things are the big thing for autumn/winter, I run a mile.’
      • ‘Football people - players, managers, chairmen - are so used to being asked soft questions that they would probably run a mile from a programme that demanded outright frankness from its guests.’
      • ‘The fact that the police are running a mile from wanting to enforce this speaks volumes.’
      • ‘For youngsters such as 15-year-old Princess Beatrice and her younger sister, Eugenie, the traditional Easter Day church service meant braving the cameras in the type of garb which would send the average teenager running a mile.’
      • ‘If you ask them to help with some literacy they run a mile.’
      • ‘I needed somebody to overpower, dominate and control me, which was what I knew and was comfortable with, and actually, if I had met a man who was supportive and gentle, I'd have probably run a mile.’
      • ‘Politicians and education bureaucrats are running a mile after parents in Moray saw off their efforts to close umpteen rural schools.’
      • ‘When I was at school I would have run a mile if I someone said a politician was going to give a lecture!’
  • run off at the mouth

    • informal Talk excessively or indiscreetly:

      ‘Peter ran off at the mouth about Taxi Driver being a picture about loneliness’
      • ‘I knew Cannonball and knew he was not the type to go running off at the mouth about anything.’
      • ‘My brother has been running off at the mouth again, has he?’
      • ‘This situation reinforces the fact that you really have to think carefully before running off at the mouth when posting stuff to the Net - even if the target of your comments lives half a world away.’
      • ‘Clark ran off at the mouth, as he is prone to do, and is simply trying to save his future in the Democratic Party.’
      • ‘As usual, she always seemed to run off at the mouth, and speak too loudly when he was around.’
      • ‘Geoff has been a respected and considered journalist and thinker for many decades and is not one to run off at the mouth on matters of such weight.’
      • ‘Now everyone outside of New York is running off at the mouth about how New Yorkers and Yankee fans are barbarians.’
      • ‘I mean, we don't want to run off at the mouth, giving people misleading information and then finding we have to change it as we find something else out.’
      • ‘He may run off at the mouth, and be stubborn, but that's never been much of a sin in American politics.’
      • ‘Guillen admits that his tendency to run off at the mouth can get him into trouble.’
      talk incessantly, talk a lot, rattle on, go on, chatter on, gabble on, ramble on
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  • run someone out of town

    • Force someone to leave a place:

      ‘my father was almost run out of town for being what they call a ‘liberal’’
      • ‘That we were merely a bunch of art school fashion victims from Auckland made little difference, and a vigilante squad, supported it seemed by the local newspapers and the Police decided to run us out of town.’
      • ‘A Colne hotel owner claims Pendle Council is trying to run him out of town.’
      • ‘Joan Crawford stars as Vienna, a macho saloon owner at odds with the local cattle ranchers, who accuse her of harbouring the local band of outlaws and use it as a pretense to run her out of town.’
      • ‘When the police took a dislike to them they'd run them out of town.’
      • ‘He bought the apartment building and evicted her and then when she came to beg him for my sake not to run us out of town, he wrote her a check for three thousand dollars and told her never to show her face again.’
      • ‘It didn't always mean that if you lost that game they were going to run you out of town, but you sure felt like leaving.’
      • ‘They keep trying to run Dennis Green out of town, even though he's gotten his team to the playoffs in seven of his eight seasons.’
      • ‘So unless you're trying to compel a particular guy to fail, or you want to run him out of town, you should resist the temptation to boo the home team.’
      • ‘He goes from place to place trying to eke out an existence, struggling to find a flat, looking for work, afraid to draw the dole in case people learn he has served a sentence for child sexual abuse and run him out of town.’
      • ‘Railway workers alerted the town to the arrival of the fascists and they were run out of town by armed agricultural workers.’
      chase, drive, hunt, hound, put to flight
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  • run rings round

  • run riot

    • 1Behave in a violent and unrestrained way:

      ‘a country where freelance gunmen run riot, looting and hijacking food’
      • ‘The heavily pregnant ewes were scattered in all directions, as the ferocious dogs ran riot in the field.’
      • ‘Hence why a good teacher wont spend all their time allowing children to run riot in the classroom but wont spend all their time shouting at them either.’
      • ‘Ten dead, over a dozen pupils injured, and another school traumatized by a student running riot with guns in the classroom.’
      • ‘I just got them to sit down and be quiet, they've been running riot all day.’
      • ‘The tearaway runs riot, swears and abuses, causes criminal damage and ridicules the elderly.’
      • ‘Mr Debnam argued that ‘armed robbers are running riot across the inner west’ and that police did not have the numbers to deal with it.’
      • ‘The fight to bring the law up-to-date and stop cyber criminals running riot is severely hampered by the lack of understanding of the scope of the problem.’
      • ‘Children are running riot in pubs because publicans cannot ask them to leave.’
      • ‘I suppose she cooked you breakfast in bed then disappeared for the rest of the day to let you run riot.’
      • ‘She cited a recent incident when, in broad daylight, a group of youths armed with sticks ran riot through a nearby street smashing the windows of cars and houses.’
      rampage, go on the rampage, take to the streets, fight in the streets, start a fight, raise an uproar, cause an affray, go wild, run wild, run amok, go berserk, fight, brawl, scuffle
      raise hell
      go on the rampage, rampage, riot, run amok, go berserk, get out of control, run free, go undisciplined
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      1. 1.1(of a mental faculty or emotion) function or be expressed without restraint:
        ‘her imagination ran riot’
        • ‘Let us put our mind in neutral, and let our imaginations run riot.’
        • ‘I amuse myself by allowing my imagination to run riot again…’
        • ‘Once your child starts playgroup and you go back to work, your emotions may run riot.’
        • ‘In the heart of the Nevada desert, it is a playground for adults where the imagination runs riot.’
        • ‘Thankfully, no-one was hurt, but still, Tom's mind was running riot with panic and worry.’
        • ‘There are strong indications throughout the film that the whole story is nothing more than Kevin's imagination run riot.’
        • ‘When walking over these battlefields, the imagination runs riot envisaging the unremitting slaughter among the Russians and Japanese in battles which presaged the nature of the First World War.’
        • ‘In fact, less a village and more an example of what happens when a childlike imagination runs riot in the mind of an architect of means.’
        • ‘Childhood is a time when imagination runs riot.’
        • ‘The middle is ultimately the climax, where the comedian comes into his own, letting imagination run riot in the filthiest, most entertaining way possible.’
        • ‘Indian imagination seems to have run riot around this fascinating, multifaceted character of Krishna: his pranks, his romance and his philosophy.’
      2. 1.2Proliferate or spread uncontrollably:
        ‘traditional prejudices were allowed to run riot’
        • ‘The fusion of these two elements has attracted admirers who hanker after this minimalist vision, but Kelly is more at home when she is allowed to run riot with dramatic textures.’
        • ‘Sex and religion run riot through the lyrical imagery - paired up like a hilariously mismatched sitcom couple once again.’
        • ‘Names are established, reputations ruined, narcissism runs riot and lives are changed forever.’
        • ‘Window boxes run riot all summer and at this time of year pavements are stained purple with mulberries from trees planted on the orders of Elizabeth I.’
        • ‘Rumours spread of his solitude, speculation running riot in the castle…’
        • ‘Where space is at a premium, I'd recommend growing roses vertically, climbing or rambling varieties planted to run riot up a wall or up a free-standing trellised arch, leaving the pots and beds for other plants.’
        • ‘It's probably easier in a small business not to let things run riot.’
        grow profusely, spread uncontrolled, increase rapidly, grow rapidly, luxuriate, spread like wildfire, burgeon, prosper
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  • run the risk (or run risks)

  • run the show

    • informal Dominate or be in charge of an undertaking or area of activity:

      ‘you're running the show—what do we do now?’
      • ‘Not all members of the group are women, but from the beginning, women have been running the show.’
      • ‘As a result, many project their frustration on to his unelected coterie, who they imagine are secretly running the show.’
      • ‘I suppose some European countries might have been prepared to undertake this adventure if Washington had not been running the show.’
      • ‘The same bunch of plonkers are running the show.’
      • ‘America has to believe that the people who are running the show actually know what they're doing.’
      • ‘Investors fear Garnier is running the show without communicating to them or his co-directors, and that Hogg has lost control.’
      • ‘Of course, nearly half a century later, none of us really believe computers are running the show.’
      • ‘In those off-the-record conversations, McLean has maintained that he has no interest in running the show at United.’
      • ‘But what do you expect from a corrupt organisation, with a man found guilty of corruption running the show?’
      • ‘Well, an old CIA operative could soon be back on the payroll - this time running the show.’
      be in charge, be in control, be the boss, be at the helm, be in the driving seat, be in the driver's seat, be at the wheel, be in the saddle, pull the strings, be responsible
      call the shots
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  • run a temperature

    • Be suffering from a high temperature.

      • ‘Osborne was fined a further $785 for transporting a horse to Redcar racecourse in June when vets had found that it was running a temperature.’
      • ‘The Queen quickly looked Maria over, then felt her face and forehead to make sure she wasn't running a temperature.’
      • ‘On the positive side, I'm running a temperature so regardless of how cold it is outside at the moment I'm as toasty warm as I was when strolling the beaches of Gran Canaria.’
      • ‘Takuma is running a temperature and will now spend the rest of the weekend resting.’
      • ‘Thirty-six hours later, with Lydia running a temperature of 41.5 degrees, suffering sickness and hallucinations, Mr and Mrs Cross again rang doctors, but were told not to worry.’
      • ‘I was running a temperature and had gone a bit green and clammy.’
      • ‘The ‘Mean Girls’ star was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital last Thursday after being ill for several days and running a temperature as high as 103 degrees.’
      • ‘If you have a child running a temperature of 102, you're not really going to a give a damn about what a few critics think.’
      • ‘Have a chat with your health visitor, especially if the baby's nappies aren't right, or if he's running a temperature.’
      • ‘A few minutes earlier, Marylou, running a temperature of 103, was wilting, moaning that she'd die if made to pose in the humidity of the pastel-hued pool house.’
  • run someone/thing to earth (or ground)

    • 1Chase a quarry to its lair:

      ‘they ran the fox to earth’
      • ‘After being run to ground by hounds the fox was flushed out of its earth by a terrier and shot.’
      1. 1.1British Find someone or something after a long search:
        ‘last year, the police ran the fake paintings to ground’
        • ‘He teamed up with the FBI and tracked Mitnick for two months, until they ran him to ground, surprising him in a Raleigh apartment, surrounded by telephone gear and fake driver's licenses.’
        • ‘Abrams was finally run to earth in 1991, pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of lying to Congress under oath, in order to avoid felony charges.’
        • ‘680 million has poured into the state's coffers as tax evaders have been run to ground.’
        find, discover, locate, track down, trace, run to earth, unearth, hunt out, ferret out
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  • run to ruin

    • archaic Fall into disrepair.

      • ‘They are astonished to find the Jellyby household running to ruin as a result of Mrs Jellyby spending more time dealing with far-flung matters of philanthropy than the problems on her own doorstep.’
  • run to seed

  • run wild

    • Grow or develop without restraint or discipline:

      ‘these horses have been running wild since they were born’
      figurative ‘her imagination had run wild’
      • ‘It opens with a young boy in his room, imagination running wild, like any kid's does, thinking there is something in the shadows waiting to get him.’
      • ‘Without facts, there is nothing to stop imaginations running wild.’
      • ‘Strange and romantic experiences are in the offing, and you may even gain through a love affair, so let your imagination run wild.’
      • ‘Let your imagination run wild and your taste buds take over.’
      • ‘It's a question of striking the right balance: too little discipline and teenagers might run wild; too much and they might rebel.’
      • ‘This, of course, is the way rumors begin - with whispering and secrets and imaginations running wild.’
      • ‘I mean, that's just someone's imagination running wild.’
      • ‘Before your emotions run wild with your imagination, remember that you can't believe everything you hear.’
      • ‘But urban front gardens are undoubtedly small, so letting the imagination run wild is best saved for the tranquillity and calm of the back garden.’
      • ‘Presumably he's hoping to let the island monkeys run wild, grow a fanbase around him and then start charging them for his signature too.’
      grow unchecked, grow profusely, run riot, spread like wildfire, ramble, straggle
      run free, run amok, run riot, get out of control, cut loose, be undisciplined, go on the rampage
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  • run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

    • Try to remain on good terms with both sides in a conflict or dispute.

      • ‘Or maybe, they wanted to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.’
      • ‘This is not an issue in which, to use the Least of New Labour of metaphors, he can run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.’
      • ‘It has chosen to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.’
      • ‘This disease of taking the law into one's hands has its inspiration from the fact that the Government is trying to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.’
      • ‘Experiment calls Beuys's work to mind - it tries to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.’
      • ‘The Washington Post has recently reported how the president continues to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.’
      • ‘The reality is that you cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • run across

    • Meet or find by chance:

      ‘I just thought you might have run across him before’
      • ‘She has to be one of the most annoying characters I've ever run across.’
      • ‘I've tried desperately to avoid kvetching about my roommate here, just in case she ever runs across the site, but last night sent me over the edge.’
      • ‘Chances are that at some point you've run across someone like me.’
      • ‘What is the etiquette when one runs across one's brother on an internet message board?’
      • ‘She said that while overall she enjoys her job, she still runs across people who like to grumble or to ridicule her.’
      • ‘In the Czech Republic, like any non-Anglo region of the globe, one frequently runs across amusing mistranslations of English.’
      • ‘I've been a private eye for thirty-five years, give or take, and I've never run across anything like this.’
      come across, run into, chance on, stumble across, stumble on, happen on
      bump into
      run against
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  • run after

    • 1Persistently seek to acquire or attain:

      ‘businesses which have spent years running after the baby boom market’
      • ‘They have been largely ignored by the media, businesses and public institutions, which have spent years running after the baby-boom market.’
      • ‘I really hope that my band will keep on being honest and playing the good music instead of turning into rats running after the rockstar lifestyle.’
      1. 1.1Seek the company of (a potential sexual or romantic partner):
        ‘right from his school days, girls have been running after him’
        • ‘I hope she will marry my son and stop him running after so many girls.’
        • ‘This just isn't going to work out if you go running after other girls again.’
        • ‘Right from his school days, so many girls have been running after him.’
        pursue, chase, make romantic advances to, flirt with
        make up to, make eyes at, give the come-on to, come on to, be all over
        vamp
        set one's cap at
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  • run against

    • 1Collide with (someone):

      ‘I pushed past him, running against Earnshaw in my haste’
      • ‘I uttered an expression of disgust, and pushed past him into the yard, running against Earnshaw in my haste.’
      1. 1.1Happen to meet:
        ‘I ran against Flanagan the other day’
        • ‘By the way, I ran against Flanagan the other day.’
        run across, chance on, stumble across, stumble on, happen on
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  • run along

    • [in imperative]Go away (used typically to address a child):

      ‘run along now, there's a good girl’
      • ‘Now run along and play, and let the grown-ups get along with the job of running the country.’
      • ‘Run along now. Go and play with the other children.’
      • ‘Run along now! You don't want to be late!’
      • ‘Run along now, Cole. You should be getting ready yourself.’
      go away, be off with you, shoo, on your way, make yourself scarce
      scram, buzz off, skedaddle, scat, beat it, get lost, shove off, clear off
      hop it
      hamba, voetsak
      begone, avaunt
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  • run around with (us also run with)

    • Associate habitually with (someone):

      ‘he's a good lad, but he started running around with the wrong bunch’
      • ‘If you run around with despicable people, the heavy odds are that you are despicable as well.’
      • ‘I think it's the new friends he's been running around with.’
      • ‘I became more confident in myself and stopped thinking that I had to run around with a clique to be cool.’
      • ‘Once we settled in Brookfield, a suburb in Milwaukee, I started running around with a group of five kids - guys and girls.’
      • ‘Two men that Barbara runs around with say she was also involved in the crime.’
      • ‘Let's just say I chose to run around with the wrong crowd.’
      • ‘He didn't have time to worry about who his son was running around with during the day when he wasn't home.’
      • ‘Come on Tobey, find yourself an older woman to run around with.’
      • ‘Ever since Lou dropped out, he's been running with a bad crowd.’
      • ‘Although I was borderline delinquent myself, I was more responsible than the people I chose to run around with.’
  • run at

    • Rush towards (someone) to attack them:

      ‘she ran at him, kicking him with all her force’
      • ‘The injuries were caused by one punch as the attacker ran at the man, in Selby Market Place, before riding off on a red bicycle.’
      • ‘He runs at Guy, who easily parries his attack and knocks him to the floor.’
      • ‘Monica cried aloud and ran at her husband's attacker, but was sent flying across the dirt by a swift blow from his arm.’
      • ‘Natalie ran at him, lashing out with her fists.’
      attack, charge, run at, fly at, assail
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  • run away

    • 1Escape from a place, person, or situation:

      ‘children who run away from home normally go to London’
      • ‘What sort of Australian would turn and run away from this country?’
      • ‘He wanted to run away - run away from the city, run away from the world.’
      • ‘Inspector Stuart Bruce said the victim tried to run away from them down Addison Street, but they chased him and started to punch him again.’
      • ‘Mrs Du Faur even took in a student, who had run away from ‘a terrible living situation’ at home.’
      • ‘My personal solution was to run away from it all, and while that has made me happier, I also realize that it was selfish and cowardly.’
      • ‘The children either came from troubled single-parent homes or had run away from home to escape from the pressures at school.’
      • ‘According to her, a lot of the children she worked with were sent to the city by their families to beg, while others had run away from home.’
      • ‘He had managed to run away from his mother in the city centre and cross two busy main roads before running the full length of the platform and onto the line.’
      • ‘More than a thousand desperate children under the age of 11 run away from home in Greater Manchester every year.’
      • ‘She has run away from five years of abuse and domestic violence.’
      flee, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
      flee, run away, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, make oneself scarce, decamp, abscond, do a disappearing act
      flee, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
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      1. 1.1informal Leave one's home or current partner in order to establish a relationship with someone else:
        ‘he ran off with his wife's best friend’
        • ‘The stories themselves are unexceptional - in the first, one young man tries to convince his brother's wife to escape her abusive relationship and run away with him.’
        • ‘There have been instances where girls have run away with men to escape their poverty or difficult home conditions.’
        • ‘This is traditionally the age where men go off the rails and launch into a second childhood, perhaps buying themselves a motorbike, running off with the au pair or getting an ill-advised tattoo.’
        • ‘His pretty accomplice takes Julia's place, marries Louis, steals his money and runs away with Billy.’
        • ‘It is not so very long ago, after all, that press photographers lined the esplanade after the Bishop caused a scandal by running off with one of his parishioners.’
        • ‘She told authorities she had been in love with her cousin and had planned to run away with him.’
        • ‘Her husband was after running off with another woman.’
        • ‘We should run away together and start a new life.’
        • ‘Craddock's wife has run off with another man, leaving him in charge of their two children.’
        • ‘Her parents in turn think that she has stolen the car and run off with an older man.’
        run off with, elope with
        win easily, win hands down
        run away with, elope with, go off with
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      2. 1.2Try to avoid facing up to a difficult situation:
        ‘the government are running away from their responsibilities’
        • ‘He accuses the Lib Dems of running away from difficult decisions, and says in many wards a vote for them would be a wasted one.’
        • ‘Roseanna Cunningham, SNP MSP for Perth and party deputy leader, ridiculed the move by Smith, and accused her of running away from the challenge.’
        • ‘People would rather run away from their problems than face them.’
        • ‘We are not in any way running away from these responsibilities.’
        • ‘I'm tired of running away from my fear.’
        • ‘He considered resigning, but his sister told him that he had to clear up the mess he had created rather than run away from it.’
        • ‘I'm definitely NOT running away from my problems.’
        • ‘Am I travelling towards a change in lifestyle and attitude, or merely running away from a difficult reality that I'd rather not face?’
        • ‘The theme of the film involves the central characters encountering new situations while running away from the problems of adulthood.’
        • ‘Sometimes, we find a way out of challenging situations by running away from them.’
        evade, dodge, get out of, shirk
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  • run away with

    • 1(of one's imagination or emotions) escape the control of:

      ‘Susan's imagination was running away with her’
      • ‘You're letting your imagination run away with you.’
      • ‘February 14 is the one day in the year when you can really afford to let your emotions run away with you.’
      • ‘He continued to think about the money and his imagination ran away with him.’
      • ‘But then again I'm probably just letting my imagination run away with itself.’
      • ‘Her imagination always ran away with her at night, and sometimes it was hard to go to sleep at all.’
      • ‘Bear in mind I was very tired and emotionally overwrought when I wrote this blog, my imagination may have run away with itself.’
      • ‘Don't let your imagination run away with you, or else you might end up convincing yourself of all manner of implausible things based on very little evidence.’
      • ‘Katherine is still afraid of allowing her emotions to run away with her.’
      • ‘I think I'm letting my emotions run away with me on this one, and being just a little unfair.’
      • ‘But he is not going to let his emotions run away with him.’
    • 2Accept (an idea) without thinking it through properly:

      ‘a lot of people ran away with the idea that they were pacifists’
      • ‘And don't you run away with the idea that all will be plain sailing.’
      • ‘Three cheers for that then, but while this is welcome news indeed and an excellent way of dealing with unruly behaviour, let us not run away with the idea that our society is descending into social anarchy.’
      • ‘I want to make sure that nobody is allowed to run away with the idea that they are superior.’
      • ‘Let's just not run away with the idea the Chip and PIN will eliminate all kinds of plastic fraud, even though it might help in certain cases.’
      • ‘Let's not let EMI run away with the idea that it's doing badly - in fact, let's all take this opportunity to drink a toast to their profits, and a successful British company.’
      • ‘But let's not run away with the idea that Kevin is some kind of burbling half-wit who shouldn't be trusted to do up his own shoelaces.’
      • ‘He ran away with some quite sophisticated, intricate ideas and he got carried away with the intricacies of them and solving the technical problems that they led to.’
      • ‘So you could easily run away with the delusion that all would be sweetness and light come the launch.’
      • ‘While admitting the existence of a working class, Davies does not want us to run away with the idea that it might be a political force.’
      • ‘But don't run away with the idea that this is some kind of New Jerusalem.’
    • 3Win (a competition or prize) easily:

      ‘Ipswich are running away with the championship’
      • ‘Swansea are far and away the best side we've played in this division and I could see them running away with it.’
      • ‘For, on the eve of the tournament, it looked as though Delhi-based Parimarjan Negi would run away with the title.’
      • ‘Michael Schumacher does not expect to run away with an eighth world championship when the new Formula One season begins in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday.’
      • ‘‘There is a complete sense of disbelief in the dressing room because 20 minutes into the second half we thought we were going to run away with the game,’ said Farrell.’
      • ‘Having said that, we have nothing to fear in this league and there is no one team that looks like running away with the title.’
      • ‘Leading 14-8 at the break, Leigh ran away with the game in the second half.’
      • ‘Atlanta is 8-2 and running away with the division title.’
      • ‘Surrey appear to be running away with the title, but at the Oval we gave them a real game and they knew it.’
      • ‘The expectations have certainly changed since I arrived, but there are some good teams in this division and no-one is going to run away with the league this year.’
      • ‘They dismissed Samoa with far greater ease than anyone had imagined possible, and twice the inexperienced Scots prevented Australia running away with the match on their own soil.’
  • run something by (or past)

    • Tell (someone) about something, especially in order to ascertain their opinion or reaction:

      ‘I'll have to run it past Claire first’
      • ‘I have run it past a few lawyer friends of mine, but a true legal test can only be done in the courts.’
      • ‘Anyways, I wanted to run an idea past you.’
      • ‘Apparently, the film-makers had to run the script past NASA so they could use their training facilities in the film.’
      • ‘Scotty writes the lyrics, and runs half-formed songs past his brood, before sending them to Nick to musicalise.’
      • ‘It's not a question of, you know, just running things by the international community for the sake of it.’
      • ‘I actually ran my opinion by my solicitor friend today, and she agreed I was being unfairly treated.’
      • ‘The model-turned-TV presenter said: ‘He runs the lyrics by me and sometimes I say you can't sing that, it is full of clichés.’
      • ‘He also clarified that the plans for the scaffolding had been run by, and received approval from, Oxford City Council.’
      • ‘Should studios even be running their projects by any activist groups for approval?’
  • run someone/thing down

    • 1(of a vehicle or its driver) hit a person or animal and knock them to the ground:

      ‘the boy was run down by joyriders’
      • ‘For a driver too, the memory of running someone down will haunt you for the rest of your life, especially if the victim dies.’
      • ‘TWO men were stabbed and a third was run down by their attacker as he made his getaway after a night out in Cleethorpes turned to violence.’
      • ‘As Kim stood in the path of a truck attempting to enter Sanjo Remicon's depot, the driver ran him down.’
      • ‘According to one witness, a worker who was standing next to her, the driver deliberately ran Clark down.’
      • ‘As he limps across the street, a cab almost runs him down.’
      • ‘Powell had run Clarke down with his four-wheel drive vehicle when she joined picketing wharf workers at the Port of Lyttelton, near Christchurch late in 1999.’
      • ‘It's too easy for the drivers of such huge and unwieldy vehicles to sideswipe your bike and run you down without even noticing you're there.’
      • ‘The bird was spotted on the line near Kingston Bridge at 8.40 am by a quick-witted train driver who managed to avoid running it down.’
      • ‘The victim, in his 60s, was taken to the intensive care unit at Middlesbrough General Hospital after the blue Honda Civic ran him down in the town.’
      • ‘The 50-year-old man shouted out to the driver after he narrowly missed running him down in Moor Lane, near the junction with Chessington Hill Park, on Tuesday, October 7, at 5pm.’
      run over, knock down, knock over, knock to the ground
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      1. 1.1(of a boat) collide with another vessel.
        • ‘During the voyage they will have to ride out ferocious storms and heavy seas and there will be a constant threat from floating logs, abandoned containers and huge merchant vessels which could run them down without even noticing.’
    • 2Criticize someone or something unfairly or unkindly:

      ‘you mustn't keep running yourself down’
      • ‘‘Some people have complained or run us down,’ says Kernan, a small smile almost escaping.’
      • ‘He was very attached to me but would often run me down.’
      • ‘He says you've been running him down in public recently.’
      • ‘I love Britain, it is my country and no one boasts it up, they are always running it down.’
      • ‘The captain doesn't like Wes so he uses the opportunity to run him down.’
      • ‘People from my generation like to run you down so it is nice to see you kids doing something positive about having somewhere fun to play and skate.’
      • ‘I'm not running them down, they do a good job for very little return…’
      • ‘We do not want to hear Opposition members running New Zealanders down, running the country down, and bringing everybody down.’
      • ‘It wasn't that she was selfless, or, in the case of her failing to stick up for herself when my father ran her down in public, that she was weak, but rather that she was dignified.’
      • ‘People who run her down should be ashamed of themselves, and talk of her servants and privileged life is nonsense.’
      criticize, denigrate, belittle, disparage, deprecate, speak badly off, speak ill of, find fault with
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    • 3Discover someone or something after a search:

      ‘she finally ran the professor down’
      • ‘She finally ran the professor down in an academic directory.’
      find, discover, locate, track down, trace, run to earth, unearth, hunt out, ferret out
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  • run something down (or run down)

    • 1Reduce (or become reduced) in size, numbers, or resources:

      ‘the government were reviled for running down the welfare state’
      ‘hardwood stocks in some countries are rapidly running down’
      • ‘It would be crazy to run down stocks below the level at which they can be quickly replenished.’
      • ‘The four state-owned refineries have been run down and cannot produce enough to meet local demand.’
      • ‘Production at the plant will be run down between now and the end of the year.’
      • ‘Businesses were again building up stock levels after running them down in the last three months of 2001.’
      • ‘Spending on education in Bradford has been run down over a number of years.’
      • ‘Indeed, such were their riches that they were allowed to take contributions ‘holidays ‘, i.e. hold back payments while the pension fund surpluses were run down.’’
      • ‘Younger relatives, who had been looking forward to inheriting Uncle Jack's vast fortune, had been horrified to discover that he had run it down to a few hundred pounds.’
      • ‘Many of Egypt's state-run industries have been privatised, while the country's welfare and education systems have been run down.’
      • ‘Currently Mr Head is running the business down and having a sale of the stock he has left.’
      • ‘The problem will get worse as our own gas supplies are running down.’
      reduce, cut back on, cut, downsize, decrease, pare down, trim
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      1. 1.1Lose (or cause to lose) power; stop (or cause to stop) functioning:
        ‘the battery has run down’
        • ‘They would not start whatever we did and we ended up simply running both batteries down in the process.’
        • ‘It's just that if they upped the speed to 128 kilobits, the thing would get too hot to hold, and the battery would run down in ten minutes.’
        • ‘I seem to get about 12 hours of continuous use before the batteries seem to run down.’
        • ‘Since my car won't start anyway, it doesn't matter if the battery runs down.’
        • ‘I would have taken some photos, but I realised, too late, that the batteries were running down on my camera.’
        • ‘Her younger sister, Stephanie, was totally enthralled by my torch and doing her best to run down its batteries.’
        • ‘Old batteries have a diminished capacity to hold power, and they run down very quickly.’
        • ‘But I keep letting the batteries run down and don't always have a backup.’
        • ‘With all the other systems, I would have to remember to turn off the iPod or it would keep playing and run down the batteries.’
        • ‘I was about to test this theory in the few minutes before I had to return the car when I discovered that I had run the battery down by leaving an internal light on.’
      2. 1.2Gradually deteriorate (or cause to deteriorate) in quality:
        ‘the property had been allowed to run down’
        • ‘This could happen if we do not look after our health service and stop running it down.’
        • ‘It has invested heavily in upgrading the site, after it was run down by its previous owner.’
        • ‘Grant reminds that even if you do not develop a deadly version of the flu, it wouldn't be fun to have a milder flu run you down.’
        • ‘Its roads and health service were once the envy of those living to the south of the border, but they have been allowed to run down.’
        • ‘Her Government has given millions of dollars of taxpayers' money in non-repayable grants of up to $50,000 to repair private houses that have been allowed to run down.’
        • ‘This can be caused by crash or yo-yo dieting, and a lifestyle that is becoming common in 30-something women: working long hours, not eating properly and leading stressful lives, which runs the body down.’
        • ‘The children say the playground has been run down over the last decade.’
        • ‘At the meeting fears were voiced that the hospital had been run down over recent years, forcing it to close.’
        • ‘It's shocking the way they let some of these foreign ships run down.’
        decline, degenerate, go downhill, become dilapidated, go to seed, fall into decay, decay, go to rack and ruin
        go to pot, go to the dogs
        dilapidated, tumbledown, ramshackle, derelict, ruinous, falling to pieces, decrepit, gone to rack and ruin, in ruins, broken-down, crumbling, decaying, disintegrating
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  • run someone in

    • Arrest someone:

      ‘I'm going to have to run you in’
      • ‘I'm gonna run you in for assault and battery for pushing my partner like you did.’
      arrest, take into custody, apprehend, detain, take in, take prisoner, put in jail, throw in jail
      pick up, pull in, haul in, pinch, bust, nab, nail, do, collar, feel someone's collar
      nick
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  • run something in

    • 1Prepare the engine of a new car for normal use by driving slowly for a period of time.

      • ‘As I'm running the new engine in I agree to be tail-end Charlie - that's the end of the convoy for non-bikers.’
      • ‘The manual says you don't need to run this motor in, but I'm a skeptic and besides, running it in properly isn't going to hurt it.’
      1. 1.1Use something new in such a way as not to make maximum demands upon it:
        ‘whatever system you choose, you must run it in properly’
        • ‘Our concern here is that whatever system you choose you must run it in properly.’
        • ‘Once the gearbox has been run in during qualifying I hope to have a bit of fun chasing Richard Chamberlain and Rupert Lewin.’
  • run into

    • 1Collide with:

      ‘he ran into a lamppost’
      • ‘He stumbled away and nearly ran into a teacher just before we walked into the cafeteria.’
      • ‘Danielle ran through the crowded building, not caring how many people she knocked and/or ran into as she went.’
      • ‘Everyone blamed each other but I suspect she actually ran into a tree and knocked herself out or something.’
      • ‘There was a screech of tires and a crash as the truck ran into her Porsche convertible.’
      • ‘Sneaking through the room, he was about to launch an attack on the intruder when he ran into the dresser, knocking over a lamp.’
      • ‘As she went to pick her bags up someone ran into her, knocking her over.’
      • ‘They rushed into the room in a mad panic and ran into her, nearly knocking her over in the process.’
      • ‘A passing car lost control and ran into the telephone kiosk knocking it to the ground.’
      • ‘In the last five years there have been 114 accidents at the roundabouts, 67 of which involved vehicles running into the back of each other.’
      • ‘And then suddenly, one of the guys ran into me, knocking me down, along with my box, which held my computer disks and floppies.’
      collide with, be in collision with, hit, strike, crash into, smash into, knock into, plough into, barge into, meet head-on, ram
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      1. 1.1Meet by chance:
        ‘I ran into Moira on the way home’
        • ‘According to a staffer, there was a chance that, on any given day, tourists could run into the former president or first lady in the library.’
        • ‘Nine years later - both divorced - they happened, by sheer chance, to run into each other in a Chinese restaurant in Montreal.’
        • ‘They were college sweethearts, and had met when they ran into each other in the quad, and her mother spilled coffee all over her father's shirt.’
        • ‘If you are a writer in New York, chances are you have probably run into my good friend Sue Shapiro at a party, or taken one of her classes at NYU or the New School.’
        • ‘Then, quite by chance, he runs into a woman with whom he had a furtive adolescent relationship.’
        • ‘He lives in my neighborhood, but we've never run into each other.’
        • ‘The chances of running into Clayton out here were next to nil, but I looked anyway.’
        • ‘As I start for home, I run into a neighbor who says he was awakened by the crash so he threw on some clothes and came out to see what happened.’
        • ‘Since you're in the same building during the same hours, there's a pretty good chance you'll run into each other on more than a few occasions.’
        • ‘He always had a smile and a kind word when you ran into him.’
        run across, chance on, stumble across, stumble on, happen on
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      2. 1.2Experience (a problem or difficulty):
        ‘the bank ran into financial difficulties’
        • ‘Just after I finished school, my older brother Hal ran into some financial difficulties.’
        • ‘But this proposal, from a working group within the court service, has run into legal difficulties.’
        • ‘But the EU's own plans have run into difficulties.’
        • ‘These huge numbers are due to the increasing numbers of people running into difficulties because of credit card debts and other loans.’
        • ‘If we look for survivors, there are chances where we might run into trouble but it's better than staying here and doing nothing.’
        • ‘Even reputable, long-established businesses can run into difficulties, quite often without warning.’
        • ‘A THREE-years-effort to provide a new community childcare facility in Grange has run into difficulties.’
        • ‘Plans to move a drug rehabilitation clinic into Bradford city centre have run into a major stumbling block after protests from shops and organisations.’
        • ‘He had run into financial difficulties trying to maintain two families.’
        • ‘Each of the investigations, it turns out, has run into difficulties, though of rather different sorts.’
        experience, encounter, meet with, be faced with, run up against, be confronted with, come face to face with
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    • 2Reach (a level or amount):

      ‘debts running into millions of dollars’
      • ‘Shop owners were left with a bill running into thousands of pounds today after 23 windows were smashed.’
      • ‘It is not yet known how much but police confirmed the amount ran into thousands of pounds.’
      • ‘The cost of losing even small amounts of data can run into the millions of dollars.’
      • ‘My son has been left in debt paying for a car that has been written off and we have been informed that the bill for the lamp-post could run into hundreds of pounds.’
      • ‘It refused to specify the exact amount owed but it is believed to run into five figures.’
      • ‘The costs of the crash are set to run into millions of pounds, with the damage to the track and trains and any compensation that may be paid out.’
      • ‘Southend Council is to ask the Government to foot the bill for damage caused by the Cliffs landslide with the amount expected to run into several million pounds.’
      • ‘‘It is difficult to calculate the amount of the damage but rest assured it runs into tens of thousands of euros’.’
      • ‘The corporate settlements run into the hundreds of millions, even reaching low billions.’
      • ‘There is no final figure yet on the amount of money raised, but it is expected to run into thousands of pounds.’
      reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as
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    • 3Blend into or appear to coalesce with:

      ‘her words ran into each other’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the set was as original as they come, with songs running into each other seamlessly and slowing down or speeding up whenever the mood took them.’
      • ‘The villages of Methil and Leven run into each other, and the 9000 people who live there are part of a close-knit community where everyone seems to know everything that is going on.’
      • ‘This is how he talks, so fast that all the words run into one.’
      • ‘In between songs she whispered quiet thank yous, but even then the audience only got a couple of chances to applaud her, as she made each song run into the next.’
  • run off

  • run off with

    • Steal:

      ‘the treasurer had run off with the pension funds’
      • ‘New Harmony collapsed when one of Owen's American business partners ran off with all profits.’
      • ‘Someone ran off with all the money last week - the money that I kept in my own room.’
      • ‘Recently robbers struck at Oduduwa in Calcutta Road, Tilbury, where they threatened the terrified assistant with a silver firearm before running off with cash.’
      • ‘But then it happens: a thief runs off with their bicycle.’
      • ‘Marlon McIntosh was caught after jumping over the counter at Coral Bookmakers in Marlowe Avenue, Walcot, and running off with a large amount of cash stuffed under his jacket.’
      • ‘Saengdao Bell holds up a picture of John Bell, her husband, whom she said ran off with 2 million baht of her money.’
      • ‘We have a couple of pranksters and maybe once in a while someone runs off with a plant pot but it's hardly the wild streets of the inner cities!’
      • ‘Eventually Derek is ordained a Mormon bishop, but he runs off with church funds.’
      • ‘A man held up the Ulster Bank on Charlotte Street at around 1.40 pm on New Year's Day before running off with a sum of cash.’
      • ‘I looked round to see him running off with my bag which I keep on my trolley.’
  • run something off

    • 1Reproduce copies of a piece of writing on a machine:

      ‘please run off some copies of that report’
      • ‘We'd already prepared the printed statement - I think we'd run off about 100 copies.’
      • ‘They were delighted when the calendar sold out, and they had to run off extra copies.’
      • ‘People who want prints on paper can run them off at minimal cost on just about any photo-quality printer, using inexpensive inks and papers.’
      • ‘‘It costs the forger virtually nothing to run them off a photocopier,’ said Kennedy.’
      • ‘The Evening Press has run off 50 copies of a specially-designed poster so that John can distribute them to shops and businesses in the centre of York.’
      copy, photocopy, xerox, duplicate, print, photostat, mimeograph
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      1. 1.1Write or recite something quickly and with little effort.
    • 2Drain liquid from a container:

      ‘run off the water that has been standing in the pipes’
      • ‘Drainage gullies should be put in place to run off surface water.’
      • ‘The emerging site includes porous parking areas that absorb water rather than run it off into storm drains.’
      drain, drain off, bleed off, draw off, pump out
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  • run on

    • 1Continue without stopping; go on longer than is expected:

      ‘the story ran on for months’
      • ‘The same discussion is in order when the contractor delivers the bad news that the project will run on another six months.’
      • ‘In many instances disputes can run on for months leaving people frustrated and out of pocket as they are unable to access their accounts.’
      • ‘In a similar way, tenancies can run on from month to month, quarter to quarter or year to year, being known as monthly, quarterly or yearly tenancies respectively.’
      • ‘This will of course be a consultative process, which is likely to run on for about 18 months or so.’
      • ‘He believed the saga had run on because his rival had not spoken out, but then defended Mr Cameron's right to remain silent.’
      • ‘Things ran on for about 18 months and I was then asked to go to Harley Street, in London, to see a surgeon appointed by the insurance company.’
      • ‘As I say, this matter has been running on for some two years now.’
      • ‘The stories run on almost interminably as Chandy Mathew tries to squeeze a moral out of seemingly ordinary situations.’
      • ‘The Paris peace conference was a lengthy and complex process, running on for six months.’
      continue, go on, carry on, last, keep going, extend, stretch
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      1. 1.1Talk incessantly:
        ‘your mother does run on, doesn't she?’
        • ‘The reader will be relieved to know that I am not going to run on about the Norsemen, the Anglo-Normans and the Anglo-Saxons.’
        • ‘I must say, your mother does run on, doesn't she?’
    • 2(of a person's mind or a discussion) be preoccupied or concerned with:

      ‘my thoughts ran too much on death’
      • ‘My thoughts ran too much on death.’
      • ‘My thoughts ran on that same thread throughout the night.’
      be preoccupied with, be concerned with, dwell on, focus on, be focused on, revolve around, centre around, be dominated by, be fixated with
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    • 3Printing
      Continue on the same line as the preceding matter.

      • ‘I think you'll be pleased at the look of the poems - they're arranged so that none of the lines run on.’
  • run out

    • 1(of a supply of something) be used up:

      ‘our food is about to run out’
      • ‘However, the real problem comes when the dry season lasts longer than normal, because this supply of rainwater will run out.’
      • ‘Just weeks ago, the project's financial advisers were warning that contingency funds were running out.’
      • ‘The money ran out before the work was finished.’
      • ‘Passengers reported conditions close to ‘bedlam’ as air conditioning units failed and water supplies ran out.’
      • ‘But the cash could run out after the current contract expires in 2007.’
      • ‘Surely this difficulty should have been foreseen and the Minister should have negotiated the further funding long before the supply of cash had run out.’
      • ‘She warned that food supplies would run out by the middle of the year unless further assistance was received.’
      • ‘He says worldwide oil supplies are simply running out.’
      • ‘Emergency supplies of flour, cooking oil and other basics are projected to run out in days in northern areas.’
      • ‘Most analysts were wary of these projections and some believe his luck will run out next year.’
      be used up, dry up, be exhausted, be finished, give out, peter out, fail
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      1. 1.1Use up one's supply of something:
        ‘we've run out of petrol’
        • ‘I'm running out of time to blog today, and I haven't said half what I intended too.’
        • ‘The IMF said last week that the government may need to resort to spending cuts if it runs out of funding sources.’
        • ‘If only the film had been 45 minutes shorter - it runs out of energy and anything to say.’
        • ‘But he will be 32 in October and unless he picks up the pace he could be in danger of running out of time.’
        • ‘In 20 years' time, when the world is running out of oil, who do you want to be in control of large reserves of it?’
        • ‘I also have to get to a gig we organised on Thursday night and I'm rapidly running out of cash.’
        • ‘But he and his men were running out of supplies, and many were at their wits end.’
        • ‘If a local council runs out of money it is the duty of central government to bail them out and not to charge the householders extra money.’
        • ‘And if your pension scheme simply runs out of money, there is precious little you can do.’
        • ‘Few of us would know what to do if our water or electricity supplies were cut off, or the supermarkets ran out of food.’
        have none left, have no more of, be out of
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      2. 1.2Become no longer valid:
        ‘her contract runs out at the end of the year’
        • ‘Young, like his brother Derek, is one of 13 Aberdeen players whose present contract is due to run out at the end of June.’
        • ‘I have a five-year contract which runs out next July.’
        • ‘He appeared in Adidas ads for six years until his contract ran out last year.’
        • ‘Ministers took the opportunity to initiate the relocation because the lease had run out at Anderson Place, one of two SNH buildings in the city.’
        • ‘And whatever happens, when my visa runs out on August 23rd, I won't be going anywhere.’
        • ‘Either way, around 1000 footballers look likely to be made redundant when their contracts run out at the end of this season.’
        • ‘Colne Housing Associations tenants will not be affected by the project as their tenancy agreements will have run out before the homes are knocked down.’
        • ‘At the moment the club is still training in the remaining half of the building but the lease runs out in less than three weeks and will not be renewed.’
        • ‘Larsson's contract runs out at the end of next season.’
        • ‘My contract runs out at the end of the year, and as yet nothing else has been agreed.’
        • ‘On August 12 the lease finally runs out after many decades, and the owners of the building have refused to renew it or even reply to letters about it.’
        expire, come to an end, end, terminate, finish
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    • 2(of rope) be paid out:

      ‘slowly, he let the cables run out’
      • ‘Slowly, he let the cables run out.’
    • 3[with adverbial of direction]Extend; project:

      ‘a row of buildings ran out to Whitehall Gate’
      • ‘At right angles to the façade a row of buildings ran out to Whitehall Gate.’
    • 4[with complement]Emerge from a contest in a specified position:

      ‘the team ran out 4–1 winners’
      • ‘The home team dominated from the start to finish to run out easy winners.’
      • ‘Manchester United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners and qualified for the quarter-finals.’
      • ‘Further goals were scored by James Gill and Rob Henson as they ran out 7-2 winners.’
      • ‘The lead changed hands several times with the top Scottish team eventually running out winners.’
      • ‘They went into the third quarter break with a one goal lead, extending it in the last to run out four-goal winners.’
      • ‘This was a very one sided game which Bangor dominated from start to finish and they ran out deserving winners.’
      • ‘The visitors finished strongly, running out 13-30 winners over Atoms.’
      • ‘Parteen were in contention right up until the last quarter, but Whitegate finished stronger and ran out winners by two goals at the finish.’
      • ‘They controlled the match from start to finish running out winners by 2-nil.’
      • ‘Kilmaley finished strongly and ran out comprehensive winners.’
  • run someone out

    • 1Dismiss a batsman by dislodging the bails with the ball while the batsman is still running between the wickets.

      • ‘They put on 59 for the first wicket before Sharples was run out for 35.’
      • ‘Their partnership came off 76 balls, and ended when Boucher was run out by Andrew Strauss and wicketkeeper Geraint Jones for 44.’
      • ‘They slumped to 23 for 3 after Rashid Khan was run out and David Harrison and Jon Lewis took a wicket apiece.’
      • ‘Adam Hollioake was run out for 53 off 38 balls after sharing a fifth-wicket partnership of 105 with Shah.’
      • ‘Yuvi also took a crucial wicket, and ran Inzamam out.’
      1. 1.1(of a batsman) cause one's partner to be dismissed in this way by poor judgement.
        • ‘Everyone goes on about my running between the wickets and the time when I ran Derek Randall out at Trent Bridge.’
        • ‘Between them they forged out 29 century opening stands - and Lumb would probably argue the number would have been much higher if his celebrated partner had not run him out so many times.’
        • ‘Botham is reputed to have run him out on purpose because he was scoring too slowly.’
        • ‘Other team-mates refused to speak to him or tried to run him out.’
        • ‘When Vijay Merchant started scoring centuries his jealous captain instructed his opening partner, Syed Mushtaq Ali, to run him out.’
  • run out on

    • Abandon (someone):

      ‘it seems Jack's run out on her and the three children’
      • ‘He couldn't stand the fact that she ran out on him last night.’
      • ‘There has to be a good reason why she ran out on him.’
      • ‘You're not going to run out on me now, are you?’
      • ‘My mom said that my father ran out on her and that he was a bastard.’
      • ‘I love my daughter, you're the one who ran out on her.’
      • ‘Taylor's mother recently ran out on her and her father, so things at home haven't been the best.’
      desert, abandon, leave in the lurch, jilt, leave high and dry, discard, cast aside, throw over, turn one's back on
      walk out on, dump, ditch, leave someone holding the baby, leave flat
      forsake
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  • run over

    • 1(of a container or its contents) overflow:

      ‘the bath's running over’
      overflow, spill over, spill, brim over
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    • 2Exceed (an expected limit):

      ‘the film ran over schedule and budget’
      • ‘The hospital was forced to cut costs dramatically after it ran over budget towards the end of last year.’
      • ‘That is, the contractor states a price, runs over budget, then tries to get the customer to fork over the difference.’
      • ‘It was the second time in three days that rush hour services had been disrupted by engineering work running over schedule.’
      • ‘The IRS says parts of the project are more than two years behind schedule and running over budget.’
      • ‘Earlier this month it was revealed that some elements of the plan are running over budget and at least seven years behind schedule.’
      exceed, go over, go beyond, overshoot, overreach
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    • Go over (something) quickly as a reminder or rehearsal:

      ‘her mind ran over their previous conversation’
      • ‘Last Thursday morning Griffin ran over his itinerary for Scotland.’
      • ‘Her mind ran over the history lessons she'd had as a child.’
      • ‘As I brush my hair, I run over my goals for the weekend.’
      • ‘So my mind runs over the day, the events, my fears.’
      • ‘You have that meeting at four with the Board of Directors, shall we run over your speech?’
      recapitulate, repeat, run through, go over, go through, reiterate, review
      look through, look over, read through
      recap
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  • run someone/thing over

    • (of a vehicle or its driver) knock a person or animal down and pass over their body:

      ‘Anna accidentally ran over their cat’
      • ‘The fifty-two year old businessman was charged with culpable homicide after running Clarke over with his four-wheel drive vehicle.’
      • ‘When the family's two dogs were run over 18 months ago, the tragedy affected Adam deeply.’
      • ‘A wildlife campaigner is urging motorists to slow down after a swan was run over.’
      • ‘Children are playing there without the fear of cars running them over and it creates a nice community feel.’
      • ‘Barbara Sheppard, a retired teacher, fears a child will be run over before the council do anything to make the road safer.’
      • ‘She died of chest and abdominal injuries after she was run over by a lorry outside York District Hospital.’
      • ‘Another worker said Mr Heap was standing by the vehicle when he was run over.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, police are appealing for witnesses to an accident in which an elderly pedestrian was run over on a pelican crossing in Norton Avenue, Sheffield.’
      • ‘A coroner has called for a pedestrian crossing at a set of traffic lights after a pensioner was run over and killed last year.’
      • ‘We do not yet know if the victim was run over deliberately or if the incident occurred by accident but at this stage, the death is being treated as murder.’
      run down, knock down, knock over, knock to the ground, hit, strike
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  • run over

    • 1(of a container or its contents) overflow:

      ‘the bath's running over’
      overflow, spill over, spill, brim over
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    • 2Exceed (an expected limit):

      ‘the film ran over schedule and budget’
      • ‘The hospital was forced to cut costs dramatically after it ran over budget towards the end of last year.’
      • ‘That is, the contractor states a price, runs over budget, then tries to get the customer to fork over the difference.’
      • ‘It was the second time in three days that rush hour services had been disrupted by engineering work running over schedule.’
      • ‘The IRS says parts of the project are more than two years behind schedule and running over budget.’
      • ‘Earlier this month it was revealed that some elements of the plan are running over budget and at least seven years behind schedule.’
      exceed, go over, go beyond, overshoot, overreach
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    • Go over (something) quickly as a reminder or rehearsal:

      ‘her mind ran over their previous conversation’
      • ‘Last Thursday morning Griffin ran over his itinerary for Scotland.’
      • ‘Her mind ran over the history lessons she'd had as a child.’
      • ‘As I brush my hair, I run over my goals for the weekend.’
      • ‘So my mind runs over the day, the events, my fears.’
      • ‘You have that meeting at four with the Board of Directors, shall we run over your speech?’
      recapitulate, repeat, run through, go over, go through, reiterate, review
      look through, look over, read through
      recap
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  • run through

    • 1Be present in every part of; pervade:

      ‘a sense of personal loss runs through many of his lyrics’
      • ‘A critique of consumerism runs through many of the works, including those by Kristof Kintera and Alena Kotzmannova.’
      • ‘While it is difficult to categorize the projects presented in this volume, one common thread that runs through much of the work is the architects' concern for ecologically sound design.’
      • ‘The other interesting theme running through here is the loss of family.’
      • ‘The absence/presence thread is one which runs through all the works.’
      • ‘‘There is an unpleasant air of patronage running through this book’, one reviewer complained.’
      • ‘One theme I find runs through all the emails is the lack of information available at the time of the first diagnosis.’
      • ‘The thread that seems to run through all her books that I have read is one of alienation and then reabsorption, either from/by society or by families.’
      • ‘The common theme that runs through these 500 pages is how ordinary people perform extraordinary feats of strength and courage, day after day, month after month, year after year.’
      • ‘Do you sense a strong current of social idealism running through present-day American design?’
      • ‘A sense of purposefulness runs through his entire article.’
      pervade, permeate, suffuse, imbue, inform, go through
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    • 2Use or spend recklessly or rapidly:

      ‘her husband had long since run through her money’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, he quickly ran through the money and had to ask Morgan for more.’
      • ‘By 1592, with both parents dead, he had run through his inheritance.’
      • ‘The company has already run through several hundred million in start-up money.’
      • ‘It didn't take them too many years to run through all their money.’
      • ‘That ever-charming quality stood him in good stead as he ran through the money of numerous family friends who invested in a long string of his losing ventures.’
      squander, fritter away, spend, spend like water, throw away, dissipate, waste, go through, consume, use up
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    • 3Go over (something) quickly as a reminder or rehearsal:

      ‘I'll just run through the schedule for the weekend’
      • ‘He mentally ran through how much money he had saved up and how long it would take to have enough as he shoved his key into the lock on his door.’
      • ‘Before we get on to the clinical implications, let's just quickly run through what the possible reasons are.’
      • ‘Taberah spent most of the day running through New Age music in his head, and seeing how it would sound on his lute.’
      • ‘We did some rehearsing yesterday evening, running through some old Dr. Feelgood numbers.’
      • ‘In the spirit of increasing openness, here we run through the 10 most common financial mistakes people make.’
      • ‘I had calmed down quite a bit and I was no longer trembling, but my mind was still running through all of the new information I had accumulated.’
      • ‘She ran through her schedule in her head.’
      • ‘As I read I kept running through all the things I have said over the last six years since having Madison.’
      • ‘Today I'll run through what I'm reading on the Internet, as it's been an interesting week.’
      • ‘Come on let's run through the scene one more time and then we'll call it a night.’
      go over, go through, look over, look through, cast one's eye over, take a look at, run over
      rehearse, practise, go through, go over, repeat, do again
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  • run someone/thing through

    • Stab a person or animal so as to kill them:

      ‘Campbell threatened to run him through with his sword’
      • ‘They ran him through with their bayonets and clubbed him with iron bars.’
      • ‘An opponent with a knife could easily run you through if you tried that, so it wasn't actually very convincing as self-defense.’
      • ‘Feng ran him through, his sword sticking into the ground on the other side of him.’
      • ‘At once he unleashed an unearthly scream, as though someone had just run him through with a spear.’
      • ‘As the second soldier turned in surprise to see who had shot his comrade, Dawson ran him through with his bayonet.’
      • ‘Descartes drew his sword and threatened to run them through if they tried to harm him.’
      stab, pierce, transfix, impale
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  • run to

    • 1Extend to or reach (a specified amount or size):

      ‘the document ran to almost 100 pages’
      • ‘My paperback copy of his Lives of the Poets runs to 1097 pages and offers a tour of English-language poetry from the fourteenth century to more or less the present day.’
      • ‘The cost, if you add the cost of the labour, would probably run to around £100.’
      • ‘In the meantime, his 30 pages have mushroomed into a 200-page screenplay and a movie that reportedly runs to more than three hours in length.’
      • ‘The average image coming off a digital still camera is between 0.5 and 1.5Mb in size, while the average home movie runs to 2Gb or more.’
      • ‘The compensation was £585 yet the real cost runs to over £1, 000.’
      • ‘The petition in support of Mr Gray runs to five pages.’
      • ‘As of late June, many archaeologists in Iraq regarded that number as optimistic, with the suspected total running to twice or three times that.’
      • ‘The expense of returning home could run to considerably more than this.’
      • ‘Perhaps inevitably, critics have commented unfavourably on the lack of action in Michel Thaler's work, The Train from Nowhere, which runs to 233 pages.’
      • ‘All human life is contained within the covers of the book, which runs to 227 pages and contains a wonderful collection of musings and anecdotes.’
      reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as
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      1. 1.1Be enough to cover (a particular expense):
        ‘my income doesn't run to luxuries like taxis’
        • ‘We can only provide what we can afford, although we can certainly run to a secretary.’
        • ‘The budget can't have run to PR representation.’
        • ‘Tipton's budget doesn't run to many luxuries.’
        • ‘Considering she is an 80-year-old pensioner, I do not think her pension would run to that sort of expense.’
        afford, stretch to, manage, have money for
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    • 2(of a person) show a tendency to or inclination towards:

      ‘she was tall and running to fat’
      • ‘Anand's taste runs to Aerosmith, Moby and Bon Jovi, while Cathleen prefers Savage Garden and the Backstreet Boys.’
      • ‘His taste in literature ran to books of travel and he accumulated a large library.’
      • ‘The patient's tastes run to swingbeat, hip hop and dancehall but he has only a bare knowledge of their antecedents.’
      • ‘Her tastes in movies run to romantic comedies and drama.’
      • ‘He wasn't running to fat yet, which was a good thing, and there was no grey in his moustache.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if your music tastes run to classical or pop, you want a speaker system which can reproduce the entire audio spectrum evenly.’
      • ‘Whether your taste runs to Wordsworth, real ale or fell-walking, Grasmere is the right place to start from.’
      • ‘My tastes run to the unconventional, so if yours don't, this may not be the place for you.’
      • ‘He was one of those fortunate athletes who, although very strongly built, never tended to run to fat.’
      • ‘And, indeed, Oscar's taste in women runs to those who are decades his senior.’
      tend to, show a tendency to
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    • 3Have recourse to (someone) for support:

      ‘don't come running to me for a handout’
      • ‘They get into debt because they don't know how to handle their money and then go running to their parents for a hand-out.’
      • ‘Don't come running to me when you're so hung over tomorrow you can't get out of bed.’
      • ‘You care about no-one but yourself so just go along and do what you think is best, but don't you dare come running to me when it backfires on you.’
  • run something up

    • 1Allow a debt or bill to accumulate:

      ‘he ran up debts of $153,000’
      • ‘By his own admission, he ran up a £9,000 drinks bill in his room in the course of three weeks.’
      • ‘Allen suffered a heart attack soon after he began working and ran up $31,000 in medical bills.’
      • ‘The soccer superstar has apparently run up a hotel bill of £432,875 since his move to Real Madrid.’
      • ‘As a result of mismanagement, debts of 110 million guilders had been run up and these were taken on by the Dutch state.’
      • ‘Miss Ward was also inspired after former staff at her beauty salon in the High Street, Penge, ran up a £500 phone bill.’
      • ‘He ran up $5,000 in debt on eight credit cards during his early years at the University of Miami.’
      • ‘More costs were run up the next morning when the plumber returned to fit a temporary stop-cock.’
      • ‘The bank has been compliant in allowing the football club to run up a level of debt it could never pay back from trading.’
      • ‘He also suggested BT should use technology to detect obvious faults in the system before such enormous bills were run up.’
      • ‘He had put enormous strain on their finances and ran up debts of £ 8,000 on her credit card.’
      accumulate, accrue, amass, collect, gather, stockpile, heap up, rack up, build up, scrape together, hoard, lay in, lay up, garner
      tot up
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      1. 1.1Achieve a particular score in a game or match:
        ‘they ran up 467 runs for the loss of eight wickets’
        • ‘With the wind behind them they ran up a score of 2 - 14 to 0 - 3 at half time.’
        • ‘Danny Hennesey and Bob Wrigglesworth hit a flurry of boundaries as Drax looked like running up a mammoth score against Heworth.’
        • ‘Imran Farhat and Taufeeq Umar played together 15 times and ran up 754 runs at an impressive average of 50.27 per innings.’
    • 2Make something quickly or hurriedly, especially a piece of clothing:

      ‘I'll run up a dress for you’
      • ‘I'm actually planning on getting Betty to run her up some more suitable clothing.’
      • ‘From running designs up on sewing machines at the back of the shop, Stephen soon grew to be a large-scale manufacturer.’
      • ‘Watching musicals as a child sparked her interest, and she had her mother run up a Sound of Music dress to wear in a talent show at school.’
      • ‘He was obsessed by her looks, to the extent of commissioning designers to run up body-hugging dresses for her.’
    • 3Raise a flag:

      ‘they ran up the star and crescent’
      • ‘Someone's even gone to the effort of digging out a flag with the college logo on it and run it up to half mast.’
      • ‘They responded on Saturday, flying a journalist to the rock by helicopter, ripping down the Hellenic stripes and running up the star and crescent.’
      • ‘It was the law of the sea that the warship responded in kind by running up her own colours and identity.’
      • ‘The bell at the Empire Hotel would ring at midday and a flag would be run up the pub's flag-pole to indicate the postponement of the match.’
      • ‘The Americans put their emergency plans into operation, ran the American flag up over the house and settled down to wait things out.’
  • run up against

    • Meet (a difficulty or problem):

      ‘the scheme could run up against European regulations’
      • ‘Any difficult/challenging lifestyle is going to run up against… difficulties and challenges.’
      • ‘Under the continuing threat of terrorism, journalists around what we like to call the free world are running up against increasingly debilitating legal barriers.’
      • ‘By 1999, they were all running up against frustrating limits in their particular fields.’
      • ‘Here we are trying to do a service to the community, trying to advertise what we're doing and we're running up against problems like this.’
      • ‘This procedure runs up against two difficulties.’
      • ‘Finding her, he tries to integrate her into society proper, but runs up against two major problems.’
      • ‘But critics ran up against two essential obstacles.’
      • ‘However, at club football his slight frame is a disadvantage when he runs up against powerful strikers like Emile Heskey, Van Nistelrooy, Shearer and co.’
      • ‘However, the product is simpler and has a decent digital manual to guide you through most of the issues you're likely to run up against.’
      • ‘The government is proposing 200 city academies, including 60 in London, although several such schemes have recently run up against local parental opposition.’
      experience, encounter, meet with, be faced with, run up against, be confronted with, come face to face with
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  • run with

    • Proceed with; accept:

      ‘we do lots of tests before we run with a product’
      • ‘Once I stopped caring what other people said, I accepted my role and just started running with it.’
      • ‘Once you accept the basic idea, shouldn't you run with it?’
      • ‘We had already been told by certain people that the tabloids had the story and were going to run with it.’
      • ‘‘I think that Humphrey would have won if he had accepted and run with that plan,’ Laird said.’
      • ‘Unfortunately the press is going to run with plenty of things that aren't necessarily true or accurate because it's all about ratings today.’
      • ‘Roland Emmerich's natural-disaster movie cleverly runs with the scientific theory that instead of global warming we may be heading towards an ice age prompted by the slowing of the Gulf Stream.’

Origin

Old English rinnan, irnan (verb), of Germanic origin, probably reinforced in Middle English by Old Norse rinna, renna. The current form with -u- in the present tense is first recorded in the 16th century.

Pronunciation:

run

/rʌn/