Synonyms of 'run'
to move on foot at a rapid paceI excused myself and ran back to the telephone.
They raced away out of sight.
The engine noise rises only slightly as I speed along.
Someone inside the building rushed out.
Suddenly she dashed out into the garden.
Claire hurried along the road.
The car went careering off down the track.
barrel (along) (informal, mainly US, Canadian),
He sprinted to the car.
More than a million fans are expected to scramble for tickets.
I made some excuse and bolted towards the exit.
She darted away through the trees.
They were galloping around the garden playing football.
hare (British, informal),
She could scarcely jog around the block that first day.
She hastened along the landing to her room.
The attack began, sending residents scurrying for cover.
The crowd stampeded and many were crushed or trampled underfoot.
The flash sent the foxes scampering away.
leg it (informal), ,
to fleeAs they closed in on him, he turned and ran.
He slammed the bedroom door behind him and fled.
A prisoner has escaped from a jail in Northern England.
take off (informal),
He took off at once and headed home.
In the morning Mr McDonald departed for Sydney.
They caught the horse 200 yards from where it had bolted.
`Clear out!' he bawled, `This is private property.'
beat it (slang),
Beat it before it's too late.
leg it (informal),
He was legging it across the field.
They broke free and made off in a stolen car.
A dozen inmates have absconded from the jail in the past year.
Bugsy decided to decamp to Hollywood from New York.
take flight (old-fashioned),
do a runner (slang),
The accountant did a runner.
scarper (British, slang), ,
I've never seen anyone scarper so fast.
cut and run (informal),
make a run for it,
fly the coop (US, Canadian, informal),
beat a retreat,
show a clean pair of heels,
take a powder (US, Canadian, slang),
take it on the lam (US, Canadian, slang),
take to your heels
He stood, for a moment, then took to his heels.
to take part in (a race)I was running in the marathon.
to continue in a particular direction or for a particular time or distancethe trail which ran through the beech woods
It took us an hour to go three miles.
interests that stretched from chemicals to sugar
last, , ,
You only need a very small amount, so the tube lasts for ages.
offering merchandise ranging from the everyday to the esoteric
The territory extends over one fifth of Canada's land mass.
The defence is not yet ready to proceed with the trial.
to stand as a candidate for political or other officeUS, Canadian) He announced he would run for president.
to manageHis father ran a prosperous business.
Within two years, he was managing the store.
He led the country between 1949 and 1984.
She will direct day-to-day operations.
be in charge of, ,
He heads the department's Office of Civil Rights.
He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
You should not let other people control you.
We cannot boss them into doing more.
Until his death he owned and operated a huge company.
She handled travel arrangements for the press corps.
conduct, , ,
I decided to conduct an experiment.
a powerful body to regulate the stock market
take care of,
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
Get a surveyor to oversee and inspect the various stages of the work.
One of his jobs was supervising the dining room.
The finance minister will continue to mastermind economic reform.
During the interval, he superintended a prize draw.
to function or cause to functionthe staff who have kept the bank running
He ran a lot of tests.
to function or cause to functionThe tape recorder was still running.
to drive or maintain and operate (a vehicle)I ran a 1960 Rover 100.
to travel somewhere in a vehicleA shuttle bus runs frequently.
to give a lift to (someone) in a vehicleCan you run me to work?
give a lift to,
She drove him to the train station.
He carried the plate through to the dining room.
There's no petrol so it's difficult to transport goods.
They borrowed our boats to convey themselves across the river.
a surveyor and his assistant bearing a torch
We attempted to manoeuvre the canoe closer to him.
The rocket is designed to propel the spacecraft.
to move or pass quicklyHe winced as he ran his hand over his ribs.
to flow or cause (liquids) to flowcisterns to catch rainwater as it ran off the walls
A stream flowed down into the valley.
Blood was pouring from his broken nose.
Tears streamed down their faces.
A waterfall cascades down the cliff from the hills.
She waited for him to get up, but he didn't move.
A tinny voice issued from a speaker.
Does Othello's downfall proceed from a flaw in his character?
The pool's sides had cracked and the water had leaked out.
It doesn't matter if red wine spills on this floor.
The resulting salty water will be discharged at sea.
Piping hot water gushed out of the tap.
In a storm, water spouts out of the blowhole just like a whale.
The tears coursed down his cheeks.
to dissolve and spreadThe ink had run on the wet paper.
to spread or circulateA buzz of excitement ran through the crowd.
to publish or be published in a newspaper or magazineThe paper ran a series of scathing editorials.
The play ran for only 3 years in the West End.
be put on,
to have legal force or effectThe contract was to run for fifteen years.
be in force,
be legally binding
to dissolve and spreadThe pitch between the planks of the deck melted and ran.
(of stitches) to unravelladders in your tights gradually running all the way up your leg
to smuggle (goods, esp. arms)They were caught running counterfeits into the country.
the act or an instance of runninga six mile run
a running race across the Sahara desert
The explosion caused panic and a mad rush for the doors.
a 160-mile dash to hospital
He walked briskly, but without breaking into a trot.
We went for another early morning jog.
I flushed bright red as a spurt of anger flashed through me.
a trip in a vehicle, esp. for pleasureTake them for a run in the car.
Would you like to go for a ride?
We might go for a drive on Sunday.
On the Thursday we went out on a day trip.
He had a car and often gave me a lift home.
a journey from Manchester to Plymouth
Think twice about going for a spin by the light of the silvery moon.
families on a Sunday afternoon outing
We also recommend a full day excursion to the Upper Douro.
I decided to take a jaunt down to Long Beach.
joy ride (informal),
a distance covered by running or a period of runningdoing the morning school run
a continuous sequence of performancesTheir run of luck is holding.
the sequence of events that led to the murder
a period of a few months
He would study for eight- to ten-hour stretches.
There has been a spell of dry weather.
In the course of the 1930s, steel production in Britain approximately doubled.
birds arriving for the breeding season
This is the latest round of job cuts.
a series of explosions
a horrific chain of events
The incident was the latest in a string of attacks.
free and unrestricted accessHe had the run of the house and the pool.
unrestricted access to,
a free hand in,
unrestricted use of
type, class, or categoryoutside the common run of professional athletes
There are various types of the disease.
What sort of person is he?
They developed a new kind of film-making.
a new class of personal computer
She grows 12 varieties of old-fashioned roses.
The entries were organised into six different categories.
the order of insects Coleoptera, better known as beetles
a series of unravelled stitches, esp. in tightsShe had a huge run in her tights.
an enclosure for domestic fowls or other animalsMy mother had a little chicken run.
The only try came against the run of play.
They threatened a mass walk-out if the party did not change direction.
Can you tell me the way to the station?
For nearly four hours we maintained our course northwards.
The swimmers were swept away by the strong current.
the movement towards democracy
The road was too rough for further progress in the car.
watching the quiet flow of the olive-green water
A group of reporters blocked his path.
The tornado wrecked everything in its path.
a trend towards part-time employment
the laws governing light, sound and motion
the passage of troops through Spain
a continuous stream of lava
the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
their fears at what they see as a drift towards economic chaos
They talked of reversing the tide of events.
The whole tenor of discussions has changed.
a steeply inclined course, esp. a snow-covered one used for skiingan alpine ski run
a continuous and urgent demandA run on sterling has killed hopes of a rate cut.
sudden demand for,
See in the long run
See on the run
See run across something or someone
See run along
See run away
See run for it
See run high
See run into someone
See run off
See run on
See run out
See run over
See run someone in
See run something in
See run down
See run the show
He who fights and runs away
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in the sense of abscond
to run away unexpectedlyA dozen inmates have absconded from the jail in the past year.
break free or out,
hook it (slang),
do a runner (slang),
do a bunk (British, slang),
fly the coop (US, Canadian, informal),
take a powder (US, Canadian, slang),
go on the lam (US, Canadian, slang),
make your getaway,
do a Skase (Australian, informal),
make or effect your escape
in the sense of administer
to manage (an organization or estate)Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
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