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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 of runaway
1505-1515
1505-15; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run away
Synonyms
9. absolute, complete, perfect.
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  • He told him that if he went in there Bill Jones might claim that he was a runaway and belonged there.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • Neither was hurt, but it was the woman who pursued the runaway horse.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • But you never told me about stopping a runaway horse for Mrs. Cameron.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • But I took you for a youngster, you know, a regular ten-year-old runaway.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • While the girls were still listening to the runaway, a maid rapped at the door.

Word Origin and History for 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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