Definition of run into in US English:

run into

phrasal verb

  • 1Collide with.

    ‘he ran into a lamp post’
    • ‘Everyone blamed each other but I suspect she actually ran into a tree and knocked herself out or something.’
    • ‘A passing car lost control and ran into the telephone kiosk knocking it to the ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And then suddenly, one of the guys ran into me, knocking me down, along with my box, which held my computer disks and floppies.’
    • ‘There was a screech of tires and a crash as the truck ran into her Porsche convertible.’
    • ‘He stumbled away and nearly ran into a teacher just before we walked into the cafeteria.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As she went to pick her bags up someone ran into her, knocking her over.’
    • ‘Danielle ran through the crowded building, not caring how many people she knocked and/or ran into as she went.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The chances of running into Clayton out here were next to nil, but I looked anyway.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then, quite by chance, he runs into a woman with whom he had a furtive adolescent relationship.’
      • ‘Nine years later - both divorced - they happened, by sheer chance, to run into each other in a Chinese restaurant in Montreal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He always had a smile and a kind word when you ran into him.’
      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’
      • ‘If we look for survivors, there are chances where we might run into trouble but it's better than staying here and doing nothing.’
      • ‘A THREE-years-effort to provide a new community childcare facility in Grange has run into difficulties.’
      • ‘Just after I finished school, my older brother Hal ran into some financial difficulties.’
      • ‘Plans to move a drug rehabilitation clinic into Bradford city centre have run into a major stumbling block after protests from shops and organisations.’
      • ‘Each of the investigations, it turns out, has run into difficulties, though of rather different sorts.’
      • ‘These huge numbers are due to the increasing numbers of people running into difficulties because of credit card debts and other loans.’
      • ‘But the EU's own plans have run into difficulties.’
      • ‘He had run into financial difficulties trying to maintain two families.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘The cost of losing even small amounts of data can run into the millions of dollars.’
    • ‘It is not yet known how much but police confirmed the amount ran into thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shop owners were left with a bill running into thousands of pounds today after 23 windows were smashed.’
    • ‘It refused to specify the exact amount owed but it is believed to run into five figures.’
    • ‘There is no final figure yet on the amount of money raised, but it is expected to run 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘It is difficult to calculate the amount of the damage but rest assured it runs into tens of thousands of euros’.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is how he talks, so fast that all the words run into one.’