1 on foot
ADJ. five-mile, etc. | fun, sponsored The local council has organized a two-mile fun run for charity. | training | record-breaking The Ethiopian is aiming to produce his second record-breaking run of the week.
VERB + RUN go for, have Let's go for a run before dinner. | go on I'm going on a sponsored run tomorrow. | break into When he saw me he broke into a run. | take He took a run at the wall and just managed to clear it.
PREP. at a ~ She took the stairs at a run. | on the ~ (= escaping by running) The prisoners have now been on the run for three days.
PHRASES make a run for it (= escape by running)
2 of success/failure
ADJ. bad, disappointing, disastrous, dismal, poor | excellent, fine, good, remarkable, successful | unbeaten, winning | record-breaking
VERB + RUN enjoy, have Spurs have had a winning run of ten games. | begin | end Manchester United have finally ended their run of victories.
RUN + VERB begin | end
PREP. ~ of a run of good/bad luck
3 of a play/film
ADJ. long | short | eight-week, six-month, etc. | successful | sell-out
VERB + RUN have The play had a long run in the West End. | begin They play began its run last June. | end
RUN + VERB begin | end
4 way things are/happen
ADJ. common, general, ordinary, usual She was very different from the general run of American movie stars. In the normal run of things the only exercise he gets is climbing in and out of taxis.
PHRASES against the run of play Villa scored in the 15th minute against the run of play (= although the other team had seemed more likely to score).
5 in cricket/baseball
VERB + RUN get, make, score They've got another run! He's only made four home runs all season. | be on, have Our team is on 90 runs.
ADJ. dry, dummy, practice, trial
1 move quickly on foot
ADV. fast, quickly John can run very fast. She ran quickly downstairs. | blindly | headlong | away, downstairs, home, off, out, upstairs
VERB + RUN begin to, turn and/to | want to He just wanted to run away and hide.
PREP. down She turned and ran blindly down the street. | into He ran headlong into an enemy patrol. | out of He ran out of the house. | to, towards, up, etc.
2 manage sth
ADV. efficiently, properly, well | badly a badly-run company | professionally | jointly The programme will be jointly run with NASA in the US. | personally | privately | independently The student union is run independently of college authorities. | in parallel, in tandem The two experiments are run in parallel.
VERB + RUN try to Stop trying to run my life for me. | manage to | help (to), help sb (to)
ADV. efficiently, smoothly The engine was running very smoothly.
PREP. on Our car only runs on unleaded petrol.
ADV. smoothly Things ran very smoothly for a while. | concurrently, consecutively He was given two twelve-month sentences to run concurrently.
ADV. regularly Local buses run regularly to and from the town. | late The train was running late, as usual.
PREP. between, from, to