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runaway

[ruhn-uh-wey] /ˈrʌn əˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a person who runs away; fugitive; deserter.
2.
a horse or team that has broken away from control.
3.
the act of running away.
4.
a decisive or easy victory.
5.
a young person, especially a teenager, who has run away from home.
adjective
6.
having run away; escaped; fugitive.
7.
(of a horse or other animal) having escaped from the control of the rider or driver.
8.
pertaining to or accomplished by running away or eloping:
a runaway marriage.
9.
easily won, as a contest:
a runaway victory at the polls.
10.
unchecked; rampant:
runaway prices.
11.
Informal. deserting or revolting against one's group, duties, expected conduct, or the like, especially to establish or join a rival group, change one's life drastically, etc.:
The runaway delegates nominated their own candidate.
Origin of runaway
1505-1515
First recorded in 1505-15; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run away
Synonyms
9. absolute, complete, perfect.
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Examples from the Web for runaway
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  • The peculiar feelings one has who is a "runaway" are indescribable.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Neither was hurt, but it was the woman who pursued the runaway horse.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • But I took you for a youngster, you know, a regular ten-year-old runaway.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • A man may arrest his own slave, and he may also imprison for safe-keeping the runaway slave of a friend.

    Laws Plato
  • To-morrow morning I'll be searching all over the house for my runaway.

    The Christian Hall Caine
Word Origin and History for runaway
n.

1540s, "one who flees," from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + away (adv.). Meaning "an act of running away" is from 1724.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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