Definition of run away in US English:

run away

phrasal verb

  • 1Leave or escape from a place, person, or situation of danger.

    ‘children who run away from home normally go to big cities’
    • ‘According to her, a lot of the children she worked with were sent to the city by their families to beg, while others had run away from home.’
    • ‘Mrs Du Faur even took in a student, who had run away from ‘a terrible living situation’ at home.’
    • ‘What sort of Australian would turn and run away from this country?’
    • ‘My personal solution was to run away from it all, and while that has made me happier, I also realize that it was selfish and cowardly.’
    • ‘He wanted to run away - run away from the city, run away from the world.’
    • ‘Inspector Stuart Bruce said the victim tried to run away from them down Addison Street, but they chased him and started to punch him again.’
    • ‘More than a thousand desperate children under the age of 11 run away from home in Greater Manchester every year.’
    • ‘The children either came from troubled single-parent homes or had run away from home to escape from the pressures at school.’
    • ‘She has run away from five years of abuse and domestic violence.’
    • ‘He had managed to run away from his mother in the city centre and cross two busy main roads before running the full length of the platform and onto the line.’
    flee, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
    flee, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
    flee, run away, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, make oneself scarce, decamp, abscond, do a disappearing act
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    1. 1.1 Leave one's home or current partner in order to establish a relationship with someone else.
      ‘he ran off with his wife's best friend’
      ‘Fran, let's run away together’
      • ‘We should run away together and start a new life.’
      • ‘His pretty accomplice takes Julia's place, marries Louis, steals his money and runs away with Billy.’
      • ‘The stories themselves are unexceptional - in the first, one young man tries to convince his brother's wife to escape her abusive relationship and run away with him.’
      • ‘Craddock's wife has run off with another man, leaving him in charge of their two children.’
      • ‘Her parents in turn think that she has stolen the car and run off with an older man.’
      • ‘This is traditionally the age where men go off the rails and launch into a second childhood, perhaps buying themselves a motorbike, running off with the au pair or getting an ill-advised tattoo.’
      • ‘There have been instances where girls have run away with men to escape their poverty or difficult home conditions.’
      • ‘She told authorities she had been in love with her cousin and had planned to run away with him.’
      • ‘Her husband was after running off with another woman.’
      • ‘It is not so very long ago, after all, that press photographers lined the esplanade after the Bishop caused a scandal by running off with one of his parishioners.’
      run off with, elope with
      win easily, win hands down
      run away with, elope with, go off with
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    2. 1.2 Try to avoid acknowledging or facing up to an unpleasant or difficult situation.
      ‘the commissioners are running away from their responsibilities’
      • ‘People would rather run away from their problems than face them.’
      • ‘I'm definitely NOT running away from my problems.’
      • ‘The theme of the film involves the central characters encountering new situations while running away from the problems of adulthood.’
      • ‘Roseanna Cunningham, SNP MSP for Perth and party deputy leader, ridiculed the move by Smith, and accused her of running away from the challenge.’
      • ‘Sometimes, we find a way out of challenging situations by running away from them.’
      • ‘He accuses the Lib Dems of running away from difficult decisions, and says in many wards a vote for them would be a wasted one.’
      • ‘I'm tired of running away from my fear.’
      • ‘He considered resigning, but his sister told him that he had to clear up the mess he had created rather than run away from it.’
      • ‘Am I travelling towards a change in lifestyle and attitude, or merely running away from a difficult reality that I'd rather not face?’
      • ‘We are not in any way running away from these responsibilities.’
      evade, dodge, get out of, shirk
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