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run high

Be intense, as in Feelings are running high on the issue of raising taxes. This expression, first recorded in 1711, transfers the strong currents or tides that make for high waves to human concerns.
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  • But both Mr. Green and Mrs. Green knew the lady, and their hopes did not run high.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • More than once, even in my time, hopes have run high, but only to fall again.

    The Violin George Hart
  • The assayer's at work on it now, and he says it'll run high—up into the hundreds, I imagine.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • Her expectations of payment did not run high, and 'tis but reasonable I should consider of this.

    The Ladies E. Barrington
  • In case the Confederacy failed—and hope to the contrary could not run high—their dwelling would be a marked spot.

    Dixie After the War

    Myrta Lockett Avary
  • The evening was closing in cloudy and threatening, the surf was beginning to run high, and everything indicated bad weather.

  • Aided by the next sea which came rolling in, she was run high upon the beach.

  • Fever, usually absent throughout the attack, may appear at the height of the affection, but does not run high.

  • As freight must be paid upon the entire ton, it usually pays best to select materials that run high in percentage of plant-food.

  • The weather was still so hot that but few Englishmen were there, and the play had not as yet begun to run high.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family Anthony Trollope

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