make a run for. Run toward something. For example, As soon as it ended, they made a break for the door, or I'll have to make a run for the plane. The noun break here means “escape,” and both terms may be put as
make a break or run for it, meaning “to escape or get away quickly.” For example, With the guards asleep, he decided to make a break for it, or The rain's stopped; let's make a run for it.
[ c. 1840