Be intense, as in Feelings are running high on the issue of raising taxes. This expression, first recorded in 1711, transfers the strong currents or tides that make for high waves to human concerns.
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How to use run high in a sentence
Sometimes when tensions run high, even our esteemed elders show a certain lack of maturity.When Politicos Attack: Six Biggest On-Camera Blow-Ups | Rachel Bronstein | January 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
My food tastes run high and low, and I travel whenever I can.Wall Street Gets Punked Again With Sprouts Farmers Market IPO | Daniel Gross | August 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
We think it a pleasant variety when a stiff breeze makes the waves run high.Mary and I | Stephen Return Riggs
Our cheeks are flushed as with a fever, and our pulses run high this morning.By order of the company | Mary Johnston
Bets run high, with stakes mostly "something good to eat" after the "muster out."An Artilleryman's Diary | Jenkin Lloyd Jones
Toasts are drunk, speeches are made, wine flows freely, and spirits run high.The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 11 | Friedrich Spielhagen
Walking on the water is a great feat if it be calm, but when the waves run high it is still more wonderful.A Few Words About the Devil | Charles Bradlaugh