the performing of a sequence of designated actions, especially as a trial prior to actual performance; rehearsal; practice.
a quick outline or review: a run-through of his medical history.


(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for run-through

Contemporary Examples of run-through

Historical Examples of run-through

  • I'll give your tape a run-through, then we'll pull a sample and check it out.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole

  • That was a sharp notion you had, doing a run-through on Grimswitch.

  • This was to be a run-through venture, not a fighting one, and for such a purpose a small force was better than a larger one.

  • I'll look everything over and if we need a second run-through it won't take too long.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

Word Origin and History for run-through

"a rehearsal," especially a hasty one, 1923, from the verbal phrase, from run (v.) + through (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper