[ ruhn-throo ]
/ ˈrʌnˌθru /
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the performing of a sequence of designated actions, especially as a trial prior to actual performance; rehearsal; practice.
a quick outline or review: a run-through of his medical history.
(of a freight train) made up of cars for a single destination, usually routed so as to avoid congested areas and stopping only for a change of crew.
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Origin of run-through

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase run through
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British Dictionary definitions for run-through

run through

(tr, adverb) to transfix with a sword or other weapon
(intr, preposition) to exhaust (money) by wasteful spending; squander
(intr, preposition) to practise or rehearselet's run through the plan
(intr, preposition) to examine hastily
noun run-through
a practice or rehearsal
a brief survey
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Other Idioms and Phrases with run-through

run through


Pierce, as in The soldier was run through by a bayonet. [c. 1400]


Use up quickly, as in She ran through her allowance in no time. [c. 1600]


Practice, review or rehearse quickly, as in Let's run through the first movement again, or The crew ran through the rescue procedures, or The attorney ran through the defense witness's testimony. [Mid-1400s]

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