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  1. a quarrel; argument.
  2. Printing. matter that is added to a text, especially without indenting for a new paragraph.
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  1. Printing. added to a text without indenting.
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Origin of run-in

First recorded in 1900–05; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run in
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Related Words for run-in

tussle, confrontation, altercation, skirmish, falling-out, quarrel, contretemps, fight, hassle, brush, row, encounter, dispute, set-to, bickering

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Word Origin and History for run-in


"quarrel, confrontation," 1905, from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + in (adv.). From 1857 as "an act of running in."

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