The tank divisions overran the countryside.
The city was being overrun by enemy troops.
The plane overran the runway.
His speech overran the time allowed.
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The story of a young woman who goes in search of her father only to discover his small town has been overrun by cultists, the film features a particularly unsettling scene set in a Ralphs, which may be all too familiar to some Angelenos.—Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Story continues below advertisement On Oct. 7, Hamas militants overran southern Israel, killing around 1,200 people and taking more than 230 hostages, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry.—Júlia Ledur, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 That aptitude for making magic had perhaps never been tested quite so thoroughly as Saturday, when USC’s offensive line spent most of the game overrun by Oregon’s front, which flushed Williams from the pocket more plays than not.—Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2023 David Corio Christina Elliott Bauer-Griffin Through the 2000s, graphic tees overran every children’s and teen’s section, from Limited Too to dELIA*s.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2023 As Israel takes the necessary steps to defend its citizens in the coming days and weeks, social media will be overrun by an orchestrated misinformation campaign spearheaded by Iran.—Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Oct. 2023 Based on the television series of the same name, the narrative follows a young girl who dreams of playing football in a world that’s been overrun by androids.—Holly Jones, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023 The mob overran the airport on Sunday, reportedly in search of Jews following the arrival of an airplane from Tel Aviv — an incident that underscores the potential for Moscow’s internal security regime to come under additional strain during Israel’s war with Hamas.—Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 2 Nov. 2023 There is mounting evidence that something comparable took place last year in Kherson: Russian troops overran most of the region in just a few weeks.—James Verini Paolo Pellegrin, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023
NuScale Power, a small modular reactor pioneer, has canceled its Idaho project because rising interest rates and project overruns have increased the project cost to $9.3 billion from $5.3 billion.—Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The city has spent $42 million of a $114 million fund established to cover cost overruns.—David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2023 State House Speaker Ben Toma, a Republican, said the state’s education budget is on pace to have a $77 million year-end budget surplus that could be used to cover overruns.—Geoff Mulvihill, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2023 This provides for a reasonable amount of dry powder to cover cost overruns.—Tim Carter, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2023 New shift logic is borrowed from the Daytona SP3, and gearchanges are accompanied by a snarling exhaust note with a lift-off overrun at higher RPM.—Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 29 June 2023 The scale of budget overruns are also staggering, as Honcoop documents in her globehopping indie doc – much of it filmed secretly with handheld gear.—Will Tizard, Variety, 24 Oct. 2023 Similar winds are now at the back of the Artemis program, which bodes well for future budget and space policy battles that are sure to come with delays and cost overruns.—Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 20 Oct. 2023 Headline-grabbing cost overruns and humbling defeats in public referendums have made cities wary of building venues for sports like ski jumping and bobsled with limited appeal beyond the Games, while climate change has rapidly shrunk the number of potential hosts that can promise real snow.—Hisako Ueno, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2023 See More
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First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)