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’
    • ‘But the cash could run out after the current contract expires in 2007.’
    • ‘However, the real problem comes when the dry season lasts longer than normal, because this supply of rainwater will run out.’
    • ‘Most analysts were wary of these projections and some believe his luck will run out next year.’
    • ‘Passengers reported conditions close to ‘bedlam’ as air conditioning units failed and water supplies ran 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.’
    • ‘The money ran out before the work was finished.’
    • ‘He says worldwide oil supplies are simply running 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.’
    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’
      • ‘But he and his men were running out of supplies, and many were at their wits end.’
      • ‘I also have to get to a gig we organised on Thursday night and I'm rapidly running out of cash.’
      • ‘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'm running out of time to blog today, and I haven't said half what I intended too.’
      • ‘Few of us would know what to do if our water or electricity supplies were cut off, or the supermarkets ran out of food.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And if your pension scheme simply runs out of money, there is precious little you can do.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Become no longer valid.
      ‘her contract runs out at the end of the year’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Young, like his brother Derek, is one of 13 Aberdeen players whose present contract is due to run out at the end of June.’
      • ‘Larsson's contract runs out at the end of next season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
  • 4British [with complement] Emerge from a contest in a specified position.

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