Definition of run-in in English:



  • 1British The approach to an action or event.

    ‘the final run-in to the World Cup’
    • ‘As we enter the run-in and final third of the season, we are very handily placed in the play-off zone, something everyone would have been delighted with at the start of the season.’
    • ‘It was a very important night for us and I hope it can set us up for the final run-in.’
    • ‘A clinical Heriot's performance at Goldenacre yesterday has made the run-in for the championship incredibly exciting and it would be a brave man who bets against the Edinburgh club taking the title.’
    • ‘As the run-in approached Bertogliati's Lampre team set a fast pace before the Telekom team took over.’
    • ‘Has a European club, or an international team, ever won a major trophy without a manager for either the final or the title run-in?’
    • ‘He will be even more pleased if they can start their run-in with victory at Oldham tomorrow.’
    • ‘Lancs have been in imperious form of late and with the signings of Symonds and North, the county have real momentum as we approach the final run-in.’
    • ‘Langford welcomed back the defender to the club this week as he looks to strengthen his squad for the final run-in.’
    • ‘Several of the young players shone and I'm looking forward to a successful run-in to the end of the season.’
    • ‘His team-mate Olof agrees Villa Park could be staging Uefa Cup football next season as long as they shake off their inconsistency in the run-in to the end of the season.’
    • ‘With the Benson and Hedges signalling the start of the run-in to the World Championship it seems that The Rocket is yet again the man to beat.’
    • ‘The third round of the FA Cup saw Premier League teams join the competition for the run-in to the Final in May.’
    • ‘The SFA have discovered that the Belgians have circulated a fax inviting opposition for a friendly in the run-in to their ‘eventual participation at World Cup 2002’.’
    • ‘Instead of feeling down in the dumps it stirred me into action but this time I'm hoping a victory at Mottram will inspire me even more in the final run-in to the season.’
    • ‘He was today maintaining a focused game-by-game approach to the run-in after seeing his York City Knights side put one foot in LHF National League One.’
    • ‘They could give him a massive boost for the Premiership run-in - starting at home to Everton on Tuesday night.’
    • ‘In Saturday's home game to third placed Bowling Old Lane will be one of the biggest games so far this season as the winner will be in pole position for the promotion run-in.’
    • ‘A spate of postponements in the north left the morning's leaders Cove Rangers kicking their heels and allowed Huntly to move into pole position in the championship run-in.’
    • ‘He regained fitness but not form, offering a series of ordinary performances in the championship run-in.’
    • ‘Rangers, who will meet Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Dundee in the final, can now concentrate on next week's Celtic match, which starts a title run-in that will demand better performances than this.’
    1. 1.1 The home stretch of a racecourse.
      ‘the horse galloped on strongly up the run-in’
      • ‘The track is an undulating one with a long run-in of almost five furlongs.’
      • ‘The brilliant weather and great visibility made the final run-in down the stunning Attermire Scar a great spectacle.’
      • ‘Clan Royal, whose jockey had lost his whip, was passed on a dramatic run-in where he veered off course.’
      • ‘There was more drama on the run-in as the horse did well to avoid someone dressed as Santa who made a dash across the track in the closing stages.’
      • ‘Favourable Terms and Chorist came pretty close on the run-in and a stewards' inquiry was called, but the placings remained unaltered.’
      • ‘But in an exciting run-in, Cash managed to get the favourite ahead at the crucial time to claim a famous victory and get the Irish off to a great start at the Festival.’
      • ‘The run-in is 3 ½ furlongs long and after an initial downhill stretch it rises in the final furlong.’
      • ‘The 11-year-old pulled clear of First Gold and Tony with a couple to go and he was much stronger on the run-in to win by a comfortable margin.’
      • ‘The pair jumped the last together but he, who was 19 lb heavier than his rival, just found the extra weight too much to carry on the run-in.’
      • ‘The run-in to the winning post is uphill, making it difficult for horses who like to be held up and come late.’
      • ‘They used their speed on the run-in to outpace their rivals for Murphy's second win of the Festival.’
      • ‘She was joined by Karen's Caper and the pair battled up the run-in before Maids Causeway got up by a short head.’
      • ‘Don't count your money until the post is reached because, as with the rest of the Grand National course, the run-in can - and does - change fortunes.’
      • ‘Hedgehunter jumps the last in front and cannot be caught on the run-in.’
      • ‘‘It was a great performance in the final run-in,’ he told the BBC.’
      • ‘Flagship Uberalles, third in the last running of this race, galloped ahead on the run-in and battled up the hill to take a convincing victory.’
      • ‘Her Grand National runner famously collapsed on the run-in while seeming certain to win the 1956 race.’
      • ‘Be My Royal took the last superbly and showed his strength on the run-in to finish clear of Gingembre, who was second for the second time in this race.’
      • ‘The Irish raider, the only mare in the race, battled past favourite Non So on the run-in to land the £70,000 first prize.’
      • ‘Top Of The Left looked in contention as they approached the run-in, but seemed to fade badly - unsurprising, as the gelding had been off the course for nearly two years.’
    2. 1.2 A period during which an engine or other device is run in.
      ‘each system did run-in for at least 30 days’
      • ‘We will use electronic monitors for 8-12 months after an initial two month run-in period before the intervention.’
      • ‘Baseline FEV 1 was the mean at four and eight weeks of the run-in period that is, at least four weeks after withdrawal of corticosteroids.’
      • ‘We excluded participants if they recorded no impairment in quality of life in their diaries during the run-in period or if they filled in their diaries on fewer than 10 days during that period.’
      • ‘During the run-in period, patients took a morning daily dose of inhaled steroids.’
      • ‘The inclusion criteria allowed randomization of patients with symptoms up to 4 days in 2 weeks during the run-in period.’
      • ‘CRP increased significantly during the run-in period, although the absolute changes are not reported.’
      • ‘After a complete physical assessment, a three-week run-in period was initiated during which lung function and biochemical baselines were established.’
      • ‘Absolute values for all outcomes at completion of all treatment, baseline, run-in, and washout periods, are shown in Table 6.’
      • ‘Of the 422 patients initially enrolled in the SOCS, 361 patients completed the triamcinolone run-in period.’
      • ‘The 244 patients who remained in the study after the run-in period were randomized to continue receiving the inhaled corticosteroid or to receive placebo.’
      • ‘During the two-week run-in period, patients underwent spirometry and recorded daily symptoms and morning peak-flow measurements.’
      • ‘A direct comparison of adverse events between group for the run-in period and mean monthly events during the trial showed no difference.’
      • ‘However, the test vehicle was brand new, and a well run-in engine should average a much more creditable 22 mpg.’
      • ‘Staff were trained in the protocol, which was piloted during a 2-month run-in period.’
      • ‘Respiratory symptoms, bronchodilator use, and peak flows were recorded twice daily in a diary during the run-in and each treatment period.’
      • ‘A placebo run-in period is recommended for future studies.’
      • ‘After the run-in period, children whose asthma was acceptably controlled without the continuous use of inhaled steroids were switched to inhaled budesonide.’
      • ‘After a three month dietary run-in period patients were stratified on the basis of fasting plasma glucose concentration and body weight.’
      • ‘During the run-in period all debriefing sessions were taped (with the women's written consent) to assess the quality of the intervention against the key elements.’
      • ‘After this, an unspecified run-in period was implemented until the nurse could perform consultations in 10 minutes.’
  • 2informal A disagreement or fight, especially with someone in an official position.

    ‘a run-in with armed police in Rio’
    • ‘He first stepped in to help when he was suspended after a run-in with an official and in the same week the assistant manager quit, leaving Town with nobody to man the dug-out.’
    • ‘Most drug dealers eventually wind up in run-ins with the police, or worse.’
    • ‘Young people from communities alienated from the police are more likely than others to have had minor run-ins with the police, and those communities are precisely the ones from which more recruits are needed.’
    • ‘In recent months, published reports have suggested that the development had stalled because of run-ins with city officials and a lack of cash.’
    • ‘But if you have run-ins with the police, you physically harm someone or you try to intimidate someone with your anger, you could probably benefit from an anger management class.’
    • ‘Most of the best tales seem to involve run-ins with police officers.’
    • ‘Somehow, he gets into a run-in with a police officer who is then thrown out of the force after he accuses him of harassment.’
    • ‘As a leading anti-apartheid campaigner in the 1970s he had frequent run-ins with the police, but attracted the condemnation of the left for his defence of the continuing joint US-UK bombing raids over Iraq.’
    • ‘A recent survey of children of offenders by the Corrections Association of New York found that 41 percent of teenagers had been suspended from school and 31 percent had run-ins with the police.’
    • ‘He ended up getting into trouble and having frequent run-ins with the police.’
    • ‘There have been so many run-ins with police and psychiatric staff that it all becomes a jumble.’
    • ‘He has been accused by fellow players of being a selfish prima donna on the basketball court and has had more than a few run-ins with his coach and NBA league officials.’
    • ‘His anti-corruption crusading, run-ins with management and police during strikes, and political ties made him a ripe target.’
    • ‘However, police in Baltimore logged a report indicating that on October 8 Williams had been in Baltimore and had a run-in with city police, a law enforcement source said.’
    • ‘Her sometimes revealing leotards caused more than one stir, but most famous is her run-in with officials at an international competition in Italy in March, 1995.’
    • ‘Their teenage son Paul had a recent run-in with police over the theft of alcohol from a country club.’
    • ‘For years now, mentally ill people have been adrift in society, often begging, sometimes having fugues, often having run-ins with the police.’
    • ‘He made it back to Calgary where a run-in with the police led to his entering the Poundmaker treatment centre.’
    • ‘I've had some run-ins with Australian customs officials myself for no reason except that I was singing as I was waiting for my bags.’
    • ‘By the end of the night, a run-in with the police will leave Kurt and the others worried that their seemingly harmless act of cycling activism will cause employers and friends to think they're potential sex offenders.’
    disagreement, argument, dispute, difference of opinion, altercation, confrontation, contretemps, quarrel
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    1. 2.1 A collision.
      ‘a run-in with a parking meter’
      • ‘Her vehicular troubles stem from her August 2007 run-in with a parked car that was captured ever-so-efficiently by the ubiquitous paparazzi.’