Escape; see run away, def. 2.
Flow off, drain, as in By noon all the water had run off the driveway. [Early 1700s]
Print, duplicate, or copy, as in We ran off 200 copies of the budget. [Late 1800s]
Decide a contest or competition, as in The last two events will be run off on Tuesday. [Late 1800s]
Also, run someone out. Force or drive someone away, as in The security guard ran off the trespassers, or They ran him out of town. [Early 1700s]
Produce or perform quickly and easily, as in After years of practice, he could run off a sermon in a couple of hours. [Late 1600s]
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