a quick review or summary of main points of information, usually oral: This brief rundown of past events will bring you up to date.
Baseball. a play in which a base runner is caught between bases by two or more players of the opposing team who toss the ball back and forth in an effort to tag the runner out.
Other definitions for run-down (2 of 2)
fatigued; weary; exhausted.
in a state of poor health: He was in a run-down condition from months of overwork.
in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run-down house.
(of a spring-operated device) not running because it is unwound.
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How to use rundown in a sentence
The heat makes beads of sweat run down your armpits and traverse your hips before dampening your drawers.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He blamed the Ukrainians for letting it get run down, and he cut the round-trip air fare from Moscow almost in half.
His first shows were in Asbury Park, at a small run down Convention Hall that appeared destined for the wrecking ball.Springsteen, Seeger, and the Joy of Political Music | Howard Wolfson | February 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Let's put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods.Full Text and Video of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address | Justin Green | February 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Having run down her charges, I don't even feel the need to go through all of Pletka's absurd rebuttals to Hagel defenders.Danielle Pletka's Bogus Charge Sheet Against Chuck Hagel | Ali Gharib | January 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her cry against him that causeth them to fall?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
In 1864 the railway was in a very bad condition, wretchedly run down, and woefully mismanaged.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
If you see us come down this way again, honey,” Amy said, “run down here to the shore and we will take you aboard.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
That place is less than a hundred miles from Chicago and we can just run down there today and back this evening!The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Let them hasten and take up a lamentation for us: let our eyes shed tears, and our eyelids run down with waters.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for run down
to cause or allow (an engine, battery, etc) to lose power gradually and cease to function or (of an engine, battery, etc) to do this
to decline or reduce in number or size: the firm ran down its sales force
(tr, usually passive) to tire, sap the strength of, or exhaust: he was thoroughly run down and needed a holiday
(tr) to criticize adversely; denigrate; decry
(tr) to hit and knock to the ground with a moving vehicle
(tr) to collide with and cause to sink
(intr, preposition) to navigate so as to move parallel to (a coast)
(tr) to pursue and find or capture: to run down a fugitive
(tr) to read swiftly or perfunctorily: he ran down their list of complaints
worn-out, shabby, or dilapidated
a brief review, résumé, or summary
the process of a motor or mechanism coming gradually to a standstill after the source of power is removed
a reduction in number or size
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Other Idioms and Phrases with rundown
Stop because of lack of power or force, as in The alarm clock finally ran down. [Mid-1700s]
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