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Idioms for run

Origin of run

before 900; (v.) Middle English rinnen, rennen, partly < Old Norse rinna, renna, partly continuing Old English rinnan; cognate with German rinnen; form run orig. past participle, later extended to present tense; (noun and adj.) derivative of the v.

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British Dictionary definitions for run after (1 of 2)

run after

verb (intr, preposition) informal

to pursue (a member of the opposite sex) with persistent attention
to pursue (anything) persistently
to care for in an excessively attentive or servile wayshe runs after her three grown sons as if they were babies

British Dictionary definitions for run after (2 of 2)

run
/ (rʌn) /

verb runs, running, ran or run

noun

Word Origin for run

Old English runnen, past participle of (ge) rinnan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse rinna, Old Saxon, Gothic, Old High German rinnan
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Idioms and Phrases with run after (1 of 2)

run after

Also, chase after.

1

Follow, pursue with haste, as in Our dog loves to run after the mail truck, or The children were chasing after the geese in the park. [c. 1300]

2

Seek the company or attention of, especially aggressively. For example, He's run after her for a year, but she just ignores him. [Early 1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with run after (2 of 2)

run

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