[ ruhn-oh-ver ]

  1. the amount of type matter for a given article, story, etc., that is carried over to another page, column, or line.

Origin of runover

First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase run over

Words Nearby runover Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for run over

run over

  1. (tr, adverb) to knock down (a person) with a moving vehicle

  2. (intr) to overflow the capacity of (a container)

  1. (intr, preposition) to examine hastily or make a rapid survey of

  2. (intr, preposition) to exceed (a limit): we've run over our time

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Other Idioms and Phrases with runover


Knock down and, often, pass over, as in The car ran over our dog. [First half of 1900s]

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