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run-in

[ruhn-in] /ˈrʌnˌɪn/
noun
1.
a quarrel; argument.
2.
Printing. matter that is added to a text, especially without indenting for a new paragraph.
adjective
3.
Printing. added to a text without indenting.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run in
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British Dictionary definitions for run-in

run in

verb (adverb)
1.
to run (an engine) gently, usually for a specified period when it is new, in order that the running surfaces may become polished
2.
(transitive) to insert or include
3.
(intransitive) (of an aircraft) to approach a point or target
4.
(transitive) (informal) to take into custody; arrest: he was run in for assault
noun
5.
(informal) an argument or quarrel: he had a run-in with the boss yesterday
6.
an approach to the end of an event, etc: the run-in to the championship
7.
(printing) matter inserted in an existing paragraph
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Word Origin and History for run-in
n.

"quarrel, confrontation," 1905, from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + in (adv.). From 1857 as "an act of running in."

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Slang definitions & phrases for run-in

run-in

noun

A quarrel; an unpleasant confrontation: Sorry we had the run-in (1905+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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