Definition of run out in English:

run out

phrasal verb

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

    ‘our food is about to run out’
    • ‘Passengers reported conditions close to ‘bedlam’ as air conditioning units failed and water supplies ran out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just weeks ago, the project's financial advisers were warning that contingency funds were running out.’
    • ‘Emergency supplies of flour, cooking oil and other basics are projected to run out in days in northern areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most analysts were wary of these projections and some believe his luck will run out next year.’
    • ‘The money ran out before the work was finished.’
    • ‘However, the real problem comes when the dry season lasts longer than normal, because this supply of rainwater will run out.’
    • ‘But the cash could run out after the current contract expires in 2007.’
    be used up, dry up, be exhausted, be finished, give out, peter out, fail
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    1. 1.1 Use up one's supply of something.
      ‘we've run out of petrol’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Few of us would know what to do if our water or electricity supplies were cut off, or the supermarkets ran out of food.’
      • ‘If only the film had been 45 minutes shorter - it runs out of energy and anything to say.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm running out of time to blog today, and I haven't said half what I intended too.’
      • ‘But he will be 32 in October and unless he picks up the pace he could be in danger of running out of time.’
      • ‘The IMF said last week that the government may need to resort to spending cuts if it runs out of funding sources.’
      • ‘And if your pension scheme simply runs out of money, there is precious little you can do.’
      • ‘But he and his men were running out of supplies, and many were at their wits end.’
      have none left, have no more of, be out of
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    2. 1.2 Become 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He appeared in Adidas ads for six years until his contract ran out last year.’
      • ‘I have a five-year contract which runs out next July.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Either way, around 1000 footballers look likely to be made redundant when their contracts run out at the end of this season.’
      • ‘And whatever happens, when my visa runs out on August 23rd, I won't be going anywhere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Larsson's contract runs out at the end of next season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My contract runs out at the end of the year, and as yet nothing else has been agreed.’
      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.’
  • 3with 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.’
  • 4British 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.’
    • ‘This was a very one sided game which Bangor dominated from start to finish and they ran out deserving winners.’
    • ‘Parteen were in contention right up until the last quarter, but Whitegate finished stronger and ran out winners by two goals at the finish.’
    • ‘Further goals were scored by James Gill and Rob Henson as they ran out 7-2 winners.’
    • ‘The visitors finished strongly, running out 13-30 winners over Atoms.’
    • ‘Kilmaley finished strongly and ran out comprehensive winners.’
    • ‘They went into the third quarter break with a one goal lead, extending it in the last to run out four-goal winners.’
    • ‘They controlled the match from start to finish running out winners by 2-nil.’
    • ‘The lead changed hands several times with the top Scottish team eventually running out winners.’