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.’
    • ‘Emergency supplies of flour, cooking oil and other basics are projected to run out in days in northern areas.’
    • ‘He says worldwide oil supplies are simply running out.’
    • ‘Just weeks ago, the project's financial advisers were warning that contingency funds were running 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.’
    • ‘The money ran out before the work was finished.’
    • ‘She warned that food supplies would run out by the middle of the year unless further assistance was received.’
    • ‘Most analysts were wary of these projections and some believe his luck will run out next year.’
    • ‘However, the real problem comes when the dry season lasts longer than normal, because this supply of rainwater will run out.’
    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’
      • ‘Few of us would know what to do if our water or electricity supplies were cut off, or the supermarkets ran out of food.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The IMF said last week that the government may need to resort to spending cuts if it runs out of funding sources.’
      • ‘But he and his men were running out of supplies, and many were at their wits end.’
      • ‘I'm running out of time to blog today, and I haven't said half what I intended too.’
      • ‘I also have to get to a gig we organised on Thursday night and I'm rapidly running out of cash.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If only the film had been 45 minutes shorter - it runs out of energy and anything to say.’
      • ‘And if your pension scheme simply runs out of money, there is precious little you can do.’
      • ‘But he will be 32 in October and unless he picks up the pace he could be in danger of running out of time.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Either way, around 1000 footballers look likely to be made redundant when their contracts run out at the end of this season.’
      • ‘Young, like his brother Derek, is one of 13 Aberdeen players whose present contract is due to run out at the end of June.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have a five-year contract which runs out next July.’
      • ‘Larsson's contract runs out at the end of next season.’
      • ‘And whatever happens, when my visa runs out on August 23rd, I won't be going anywhere.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
    • ‘Further goals were scored by James Gill and Rob Henson as they ran out 7-2 winners.’
    • ‘This was a very one sided game which Bangor dominated from start to finish and they ran out deserving winners.’
    • ‘They controlled the match from start to finish running out winners by 2-nil.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The lead changed hands several times with the top Scottish team eventually running out winners.’
    • ‘Kilmaley finished strongly and ran out comprehensive winners.’