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1

In rapid retreat; also, attempting to escape from pursuers. For example, The guerrillas were on the run after the ambush, or The burglars were on the run from the police. [Early 1800s]

2

Hurrying from place to place, as in The company officers were always on the run from New York to Los Angeles and back. [Late 1800s]

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