- a quarrel; argument.
- Printing. matter that is added to a text, especially without indenting for a new paragraph.
- Printing. added to a text without indenting.
Origin of run-in
First recorded in 1900–05; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run in
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Examples from the Web for run-in
Reyes later laughed it off as a “run-in” over what to watch on TV that night.The Myth of the Central Park Five
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Wilkinson says the gel combats the “I had a run-in with a can of paint” defense.High-Tech Anti-Riot Gear
August 14, 2011
According to Murphy's family and local news reports, this was the teen's first run-in with the law.Teen Murder Trial Nightmare
October 19, 2010
Evi filmed her run-in at the union offices with her ever-present handheld camera.Hollywood's Nightmare Couple
September 28, 2009
I had my own run-in with these Taliban guys in Maiduguri two years ago.African Taliban Terrorizes Nigeria
August 11, 2009
Allow the generator to run for about twenty minutes to "run-in" the brush.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Take it from me, he wasn't the kind you want to have a run-in with—any time.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
Forget her a minute and brace yourself for a run-in with that gang of rag-chewers in there.Torchy, Private Sec.
Miss Langdon, you sure do look as if you'd been having a run-in with the governor.The Last Woman
It does come to an end at last, however, and at last also we do get our "run-in," such as it is.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
Word Origin and History for run-in
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