Definition of on the run in US English:

on the run


  • 1Trying to avoid being captured.

    ‘a kidnapper on the run from the FBI’
    • ‘The arrested man is a 46-year-old English criminal who is on the run and wanted in Britain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gotovina is a famous war criminal on the run who has eluded capture.’
    • ‘Of the 33 detainees who escaped, 12 are still on the run and at least three more are facing criminal trial.’
    • ‘Jafta said a 45-year-old woman who harboured the three fugitives during their time on the run was also arrested.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only one of the kidnappers was arrested; others are still on the run.’
    • ‘Police today took the unusual step of naming a wanted Bradford criminal currently on the run from justice.’
    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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Garrard completed 50 percent of his passes in the past two games and has been better on the run than throwing the ball.’
    • ‘While not quite taking their shots on the run, Toms and Montgomerie were clearly in a hurry to go home.’
    • ‘They work on different passes, footwork and throwing on the run.’
    • ‘His footwork has been much better, and he's even completing some passes on the run.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of the photographs appear posed, but a lot of them you've just captured on the run.’
    • ‘Milt Palacio's ability to find teammates on the run and thread passes has helped the offense become more productive.’
    1. 2.1 Continuously active and busy.
      ‘I'm on the run every minute of the day’
      • ‘Her aunt was always on the run, always had to be somewhere doing something.’
      • ‘Indigestion is aggravated by ‘hurry sickness’ - eating on the run and bolting down your food.’
      • ‘Receiving emails by phone is ideal for a busy person on the run.’
      • ‘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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