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run-in

[ruhn-in]
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noun
  1. a quarrel; argument.
  2. Printing. matter that is added to a text, especially without indenting for a new paragraph.
adjective
  1. 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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n.

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

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