Definition of run into in US English:

run into

phrasal verb

  • 1Collide with.

    ‘he ran into a lamp post’
    • ‘Danielle ran through the crowded building, not caring how many people she knocked and/or ran into as she went.’
    • ‘He stumbled away and nearly ran into a teacher just before we walked into the cafeteria.’
    • ‘And then suddenly, one of the guys ran into me, knocking me down, along with my box, which held my computer disks and floppies.’
    • ‘They rushed into the room in a mad panic and ran into her, nearly knocking her over in the process.’
    • ‘Sneaking through the room, he was about to launch an attack on the intruder when he ran into the dresser, knocking over a lamp.’
    • ‘There was a screech of tires and a crash as the truck ran into her Porsche convertible.’
    • ‘A passing car lost control and ran into the telephone kiosk knocking it to the ground.’
    • ‘As she went to pick her bags up someone ran into her, knocking her over.’
    • ‘Everyone blamed each other but I suspect she actually ran into a tree and knocked herself out or something.’
    • ‘In the last five years there have been 114 accidents at the roundabouts, 67 of which involved vehicles running into the back of each other.’
    collide with, be in collision with, hit, strike, crash into, smash into, knock into, plough into, barge into, meet head-on, ram
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    1. 1.1 Meet by chance.
      ‘I ran into Stasia and Katie on the way home’
      • ‘According to a staffer, there was a chance that, on any given day, tourists could run into the former president or first lady in the library.’
      • ‘Then, quite by chance, he runs into a woman with whom he had a furtive adolescent relationship.’
      • ‘They were college sweethearts, and had met when they ran into each other in the quad, and her mother spilled coffee all over her father's shirt.’
      • ‘As I start for home, I run into a neighbor who says he was awakened by the crash so he threw on some clothes and came out to see what happened.’
      • ‘Nine years later - both divorced - they happened, by sheer chance, to run into each other in a Chinese restaurant in Montreal.’
      • ‘The chances of running into Clayton out here were next to nil, but I looked anyway.’
      • ‘He always had a smile and a kind word when you ran into him.’
      • ‘If you are a writer in New York, chances are you have probably run into my good friend Sue Shapiro at a party, or taken one of her classes at NYU or the New School.’
      • ‘He lives in my neighborhood, but we've never run into each other.’
      • ‘Since you're in the same building during the same hours, there's a pretty good chance you'll run into each other on more than a few occasions.’
      meet, meet by chance, run across, chance on, stumble across, stumble on, happen on
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    2. 1.2 Experience (a problem or difficult situation)
      ‘the bank ran into financial difficulties’
      • ‘These huge numbers are due to the increasing numbers of people running into difficulties because of credit card debts and other loans.’
      • ‘A THREE-years-effort to provide a new community childcare facility in Grange has run into difficulties.’
      • ‘Each of the investigations, it turns out, has run into difficulties, though of rather different sorts.’
      • ‘If we look for survivors, there are chances where we might run into trouble but it's better than staying here and doing nothing.’
      • ‘But the EU's own plans have run into difficulties.’
      • ‘Just after I finished school, my older brother Hal ran into some financial difficulties.’
      • ‘He had run into financial difficulties trying to maintain two families.’
      • ‘Plans to move a drug rehabilitation clinic into Bradford city centre have run into a major stumbling block after protests from shops and organisations.’
      • ‘But this proposal, from a working group within the court service, has run into legal difficulties.’
      • ‘Even reputable, long-established businesses can run into difficulties, quite often without warning.’
      experience, encounter, meet with, be faced with, run up against, be confronted with, come face to face with
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  • 2Reach (a level or amount)

    ‘debts running into millions of dollars’
    • ‘It is not yet known how much but police confirmed the amount ran into thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘My son has been left in debt paying for a car that has been written off and we have been informed that the bill for the lamp-post could run into hundreds of pounds.’
    • ‘The corporate settlements run into the hundreds of millions, even reaching low billions.’
    • ‘Southend Council is to ask the Government to foot the bill for damage caused by the Cliffs landslide with the amount expected to run into several million pounds.’
    • ‘It refused to specify the exact amount owed but it is believed to run into five figures.’
    • ‘The costs of the crash are set to run into millions of pounds, with the damage to the track and trains and any compensation that may be paid out.’
    • ‘The cost of losing even small amounts of data can run into the millions of dollars.’
    • ‘‘It is difficult to calculate the amount of the damage but rest assured it runs into tens of thousands of euros’.’
    • ‘There is no final figure yet on the amount of money raised, but it is expected to run into thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘Shop owners were left with a bill running into thousands of pounds today after 23 windows were smashed.’
    reach, extend to, be as high as, be as much as
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  • 3Blend into or appear to coalesce with.

    ‘her words ran into each other’
    • ‘The villages of Methil and Leven run into each other, and the 9000 people who live there are part of a close-knit community where everyone seems to know everything that is going on.’
    • ‘In between songs she whispered quiet thank yous, but even then the audience only got a couple of chances to applaud her, as she made each song run into the next.’
    • ‘This is how he talks, so fast that all the words run into one.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the set was as original as they come, with songs running into each other seamlessly and slowing down or speeding up whenever the mood took them.’