run-in

[ ruhn-in ]
/ ˈrʌnˌɪn /

noun

a quarrel; argument.
Printing. matter that is added to a text, especially without indenting for a new paragraph.

adjective

Printing. added to a text without indenting.

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Origin of run-in

First recorded in 1900–05; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run in

Definition for run in (2 of 2)

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM run

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British Dictionary definitions for run in (1 of 2)

run in

verb (adverb)

to run (an engine) gently, usually for a specified period when it is new, in order that the running surfaces may become polished
(tr) to insert or include
(intr) (of an aircraft) to approach a point or target
(tr) informal to take into custody; arresthe was run in for assault

noun run-in

British Dictionary definitions for run in (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 in (1 of 2)

run in

1

Insert or include something extra, as in Can you run this map in with the text? [Early 1800s]

2

Also, run on. In printing, make a solid body of text without a paragraph or other break, as in The quotation should be run in rather than set as a paragraph.

3

Also, run someone in. Take someone into custody, as in The police were going to run him in, but he got away. [Slang; mid-1800s]

4

Visit someone briefly, as in If I have time, I'll run in to see Aunt Mary. [Second half of 1800s]

5

Break something or someone in, as in Let's run in the new model on a short flight. [Early 1900s] Also see run into.

Idioms and Phrases with run in (2 of 2)

run

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