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the testing of an airplane engine by accelerating the motor.
an advance in prices, as in the stock market.
  1. the running up to the jump line by a broad jumper.
  2. the running up of the ball in soccer or polo toward the goal.
  3. the running up of a golf ball toward the putting green.
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Origin of runup

First recorded in 1825–35; noun use of verb phrase run up
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How to use runup in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for runup

run up

verb (tr, adverb)
to amass or accumulate; incurto run up debts
to make by sewing together quicklyto run up a dress
to hoistto run up a flag
noun run-up
an approach run by an athlete for a long jump, pole vault, etc
a preliminary or preparatory periodthe run-up to the election
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Other Idioms and Phrases with runup

run up


Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]


Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]


Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]


Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, “Let's try this out.” The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.

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