run into

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run definition


  1. n.
    a session or period of time spent doing something; a period of time when something happens. : The market had a good run today.
  2. tv.
    to transport contraband, alcohol, or drugs. : Harry the Horse used to run booze during prohibition.
  3. n.
    an act of transporting contraband. : Four soldiers were killed during a run.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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run into

  1. Meet or find by chance, as in I ran into an old friend at the concert. [c. 1900]

  2. See run against, def. 1.

  3. Collide with, as in The car ran straight into the retaining wall. [c. 1800]

  4. Incur, as in We've run into extra expenses with the renovation, or James said they've run into debt. [c. 1400]

  5. Mount up, increase to, as in Her book may well run into a second volume.

  6. Follow without interruption, as in What with one day running into the next, we never knew just what day it was! or He spoke so fast his words ran into one another. [Late 1600s] Also see run into a stone wall; run into the ground.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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