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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM run

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British Dictionary definitions for run up (1 of 2)

run up

verb (tr, adverb)

to amass or accumulate; incurto run up debts
to make by sewing together quicklyto run up a dress
to hoistto run up a flag

noun run-up

an approach run by an athlete for a long jump, pole vault, etc
a preliminary or preparatory periodthe run-up to the election

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

run up

1

Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]

2

Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]

3

Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]

4

Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, “Let's try this out.” The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.

Idioms and Phrases with run up (2 of 2)

run

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