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runaway

[ruhn-uh-wey] /ˈrʌn əˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a person who runs away; fugitive; deserter.
2.
a horse or team that has broken away from control.
3.
the act of running away.
4.
a decisive or easy victory.
5.
a young person, especially a teenager, who has run away from home.
adjective
6.
having run away; escaped; fugitive.
7.
(of a horse or other animal) having escaped from the control of the rider or driver.
8.
pertaining to or accomplished by running away or eloping:
a runaway marriage.
9.
easily won, as a contest:
a runaway victory at the polls.
10.
unchecked; rampant:
runaway prices.
11.
Informal. deserting or revolting against one's group, duties, expected conduct, or the like, especially to establish or join a rival group, change one's life drastically, etc.:
The runaway delegates nominated their own candidate.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run away
Synonyms
9. absolute, complete, perfect.
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Word Origin and History for run-away

runaway

n.

1540s, "one who flees," from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + away (adv.). Meaning "an act of running away" is from 1724.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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