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[ruhn-throo] /ˈrʌnˌθru/
the performing of a sequence of designated actions, especially as a trial prior to actual performance; rehearsal; practice.
a quick outline or review:
a run-through of his medical history.
(of a freight train) made up of cars for a single destination, usually routed so as to avoid congested areas and stopping only for a change of crew.
Origin of run-through
First recorded in 1920-25; noun use of verb phrase run through Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I'll give your tape a run-through, then we'll pull a sample and check it out.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole
  • That was a sharp notion you had, doing a run-through on Grimswitch.

    The Success Machine Henry Slesar
  • This was to be a run-through venture, not a fighting one, and for such a purpose a small force was better than a larger one.

  • I'll look everything over and if we need a second run-through it won't take too long.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin and History for run-through

"a rehearsal," especially a hasty one, 1923, from the verbal phrase, from run (v.) + through (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A rehearsal; dry run: After the first run-through, Mr Berlin casually tossed out three songs (1923+)

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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