One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Continue without stopping; go on longer than is expected.‘the story ran on for months’
continue, go on, carry on, last, keep going, extend, stretchView synonyms
- ‘As I say, this matter has been running on for some two years now.’
- ‘This will of course be a consultative process, which is likely to run on for about 18 months or so.’
- ‘The stories run on almost interminably as Chandy Mathew tries to squeeze a moral out of seemingly ordinary situations.’
- ‘Things ran on for about 18 months and I was then asked to go to Harley Street, in London, to see a surgeon appointed by the insurance company.’
- ‘In a similar way, tenancies can run on from month to month, quarter to quarter or year to year, being known as monthly, quarterly or yearly tenancies respectively.’
- ‘The same discussion is in order when the contractor delivers the bad news that the project will run on another six months.’
- ‘He believed the saga had run on because his rival had not spoken out, but then defended Mr Cameron's right to remain silent.’
- ‘In many instances disputes can run on for months leaving people frustrated and out of pocket as they are unable to access their accounts.’
- ‘The Paris peace conference was a lengthy and complex process, running on for six months.’
- 1.1 Talk incessantly.
talk, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, speak, converse, have a conversation, engage in conversation, tittle-tattle, prattle, jabber, jibber-jabber, babble, prate, go on, run onView synonyms
- ‘I must say, your mother does run on, doesn't she?’
- ‘The reader will be relieved to know that I am not going to run on about the Norsemen, the Anglo-Normans and the Anglo-Saxons.’
2(of a person's mind or a discussion) be preoccupied or concerned with (a particular subject)‘my thoughts always ran too much on death’
be preoccupied with, be concerned with, dwell on, focus on, be focused on, revolve around, centre around, be dominated by, be fixated withView synonyms
- ‘My thoughts ran on that same thread throughout the night.’
- ‘My thoughts ran too much on death.’
Continue on the same line as the preceding matter.
- ‘I think you'll be pleased at the look of the poems - they're arranged so that none of the lines run on.’
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