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Origin of run-on
Words nearby run-on
Example sentences from the Web for run-on
Twelve lines, or three fourths of the whole number, are "run-on."Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism|F. V. N. Painter
The rhythm of the meter is also varied by the alternating of end-stopped and run-on lines, as in the last quotation.
In the 1742 lines of the poem, there are 47 run-on couplets and 260 run-on lines.Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats|Barnette Miller
A run-on line should be read closely with the following line with only a slight pause to indicate the line-unit.
The dominant characteristic of this verse is its avoidance of enjambement, or run-on lines, still more of run-on couplets.English Verse|Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
British Dictionary definitions for run-on
- text matter composed without indenting
- (as modifier)run-on text matter
- a word added at the end of a dictionary entry whose meaning can be easily inferred from the definition of the headword
- (as modifier)a run-on entry
Idioms and Phrases with run-on
Keep going, continue; also, remain in effect. For example, That murder trial has been running on for months, or How much longer can this debt be allowed to run on? [Late 1500s]
Talk at length; see go on, def. 5.
Continue a text without a break; see run in, def. 2.