[ ruhn-throo ]
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  1. the performing of a sequence of designated actions, especially as a trial prior to actual performance; rehearsal; practice.

  2. a quick outline or review: a run-through of his medical history.

  1. (of a freight train) made up of cars for a single destination, usually routed so as to avoid congested areas and stopping only for a change of crew.

Origin of run-through

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase run through

Words Nearby run-through Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use run-through in a sentence

  • This element of symbolic indication will be found to run through the whole of childish drawing.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • Now he took those which had come that morning, and went out upon the terrace to run through them in the sunshine.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • The tunnel itself includes a reverse curve, and, at the present time, railroad tracks and Stock Creek waters run through it.

  • The affair took place in 1652, and was fought with swords, the Colonel being run through the body in a trice.

  • Electric tramcars, in supersession of horse-traction, run through the city and suburbs since April 10, 1905.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman

British Dictionary definitions for run through

run through

  1. (tr, adverb) to transfix with a sword or other weapon

  2. (intr, preposition) to exhaust (money) by wasteful spending; squander

  1. (intr, preposition) to practise or rehearse: let's run through the plan

  2. (intr, preposition) to examine hastily

  1. a practice or rehearsal

  2. a brief survey

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Other Idioms and Phrases with run-through


Pierce, as in The soldier was run through by a bayonet. [c. 1400]

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