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dead run

a steady run at top speed:
The centerfielder caught the ball on the dead run.
Origin of dead run
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I took it and started on the dead run for my billet, about 400 yards away, and in a minute or two Mac followed with another comb.

    S.O.S. Stand to! Reginald Grant
  • Gimpy Gordon scuttled out of my bailiwick almost on a dead run.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • For Hal knew that, when the alarm is sounded, accompanied by the sound of a shot, the corporal and the guard come on the dead run.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • Then he had to snatch for a handhold as the spider-machine lunged into a dead run.

    World of the Drone Robert Abernathy
  • Scotty started for him on a dead run, but Rick's yell stopped him.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • So off I started on the dead run, caught the fellow just as he was ready to go.

  • And Snowball watched while they went, one and all, on a dead run towards the bars.

  • He clambered back into his wagon and whipped his team into a dead run.

    Captain Pott's Minister Francis L. Cooper
  • He took us by the other team like a flash, on the dead run and three in the buggy.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • He was standing up in the sleigh and urging on his horse, which was on the dead run.

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins

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