Definition of run-in in English:

run-in

noun

  • 1informal A disagreement or fight, especially with someone in an official position.

    ‘a run-in with armed police in Rio’
    humorous ‘a run-in with a parking meter’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There have been so many run-ins with police and psychiatric staff that it all becomes a jumble.’
    • ‘He made it back to Calgary where a run-in with the police led to his entering the Poundmaker treatment centre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In recent months, published reports have suggested that the development had stalled because of run-ins with city officials and a lack of cash.’
    • ‘Most of the best tales seem to involve run-ins with police officers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘For years now, mentally ill people have been adrift in society, often begging, sometimes having fugues, often having run-ins with the police.’
    • ‘He ended up getting into trouble and having frequent run-ins with the police.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most drug dealers eventually wind up in run-ins with the police, or worse.’
    • ‘Their teenage son Paul had a recent run-in with police over the theft of alcohol from a country club.’
    • ‘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.’
    disagreement, argument, dispute, difference of opinion, altercation, confrontation, contretemps, quarrel
    brush, encounter, tangle
    fight, clash, skirmish, tussle
    set-to, dust-up, shindig, shindy, spat, scrap
    row
    afters
    rammy
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  • 2British [usually in singular] The approach to an action or event.

    ‘the final run-in to the World Cup’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The third round of the FA Cup saw Premier League teams join the competition for the run-in to the Final in May.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a very important night for us and I hope it can set us up 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.’
    • ‘They could give him a massive boost for the Premiership run-in - starting at home to Everton on Tuesday night.’
    • ‘He regained fitness but not form, offering a series of ordinary performances in the championship run-in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the run-in approached Bertogliati's Lampre team set a fast pace before the Telekom team took over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He will be even more pleased if they can start their run-in with victory at Oldham tomorrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 2.1 The home stretch of a racecourse.
      • ‘Her Grand National runner famously collapsed on the run-in while seeming certain to win the 1956 race.’
      • ‘The brilliant weather and great visibility made the final run-in down the stunning Attermire Scar a great spectacle.’
      • ‘‘It was a great performance in the final run-in,’ he told the BBC.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They used their speed on the run-in to outpace their rivals for Murphy's second win of the Festival.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clan Royal, whose jockey had lost his whip, was passed on a dramatic run-in where he veered off course.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hedgehunter jumps the last in front and cannot be caught on the run-in.’
      • ‘The track is an undulating one with a long run-in of almost five furlongs.’
      • ‘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 run-in is 3 ½ furlongs long and after an initial downhill stretch it rises in the final furlong.’
      • ‘She was joined by Karen's Caper and the pair battled up the run-in before Maids Causeway got up by a short head.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The run-in to the winning post is uphill, making it difficult for horses who like to be held up and come late.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

run-in

/ˈrən ˌin/