run after


verb (intr, preposition) informal

to pursue (a member of the opposite sex) with persistent attention
to pursue (anything) persistently
to care for in an excessively attentive or servile wayshe runs after her three grown sons as if they were babies

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Example sentences from the Web for run after

  • Of an age with Temperance and Sarah, Tess had been the most run-after girl in town during the years of 1890 and '91.

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Idioms and Phrases with run after

run after

Also, chase after.

1

Follow, pursue with haste, as in Our dog loves to run after the mail truck, or The children were chasing after the geese in the park. [c. 1300]

2

Seek the company or attention of, especially aggressively. For example, He's run after her for a year, but she just ignores him. [Early 1500s]

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