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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 off (1 of 2)

run off

verb (adverb)

noun runoff

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

run off

1

Escape; see run away, def. 2.

2

Flow off, drain, as in By noon all the water had run off the driveway. [Early 1700s]

3

Print, duplicate, or copy, as in We ran off 200 copies of the budget. [Late 1800s]

4

Decide a contest or competition, as in The last two events will be run off on Tuesday. [Late 1800s]

5

Also, run someone out. Force or drive someone away, as in The security guard ran off the trespassers, or They ran him out of town. [Early 1700s]

6

Produce or perform quickly and easily, as in After years of practice, he could run off a sermon in a couple of hours. [Late 1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with run off (2 of 2)

run

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