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/ ˈrʌnˌθru /


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

Definition for run through (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.

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British Dictionary definitions for run through (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for run through (2 of 2)

/ (rʌn) /

verb runs, running, ran or run


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 through (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with run through (2 of 2)


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