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[ruhn-in] /ˈrʌnˌɪn/
a quarrel; argument.
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Origin of run-in
First recorded in 1900-05; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run in Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had one stormy "run-in," as he described it, with Mr. Landover and his group of satellites.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • It does come to an end at last, however, and at last also we do get our "run-in," such as it is.

  • He had visited the neighborhood for a special purpose, and his run-in with the three rowdies had only been a side diversion.

    Oscar the Detective Harlan Page Halsey
  • Take it from me, he wasn't the kind you want to have a run-in with—any time.

  • "Oughter be run-in 'isself," agreed a pallid woman with a shawl over her head.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
Word Origin and History for run-in

"quarrel, confrontation," 1905, from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + in (adv.). From 1857 as "an act of running in."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for run-in



A quarrel; an unpleasant confrontation: Sorry we had the run-in (1905+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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