run for it


: to run to avoid being caught
It's the cops! Run for it!

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Minnesota, home to 79,000 Somali immigrants, the threat is so pervasive that young Somalis warn each other darkly to run for it if their parents announce a family vacation to Dubai or a visit to a dying grandmother in the old country. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2022 In the end, for those who decided to make a run for it, the only way out was through passageways that had become blinding: the stairwells. New York Times, 8 July 2022 In the sketch, a car shaped like a hot dog crashes into a store, and a man dressed as a hot dog does his best to distract a gathering crowd and deflect responsibility for the crash, before making a run for it when policemen try to apprehend him. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 20 May 2022 Advertisement Zac Steele, Troup County’s emergency management director, said the storm damaged the enclosures, allowing the tigers an opportunity to make a run for it. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2023 Harlan will definitely want to smash the delete button if the Utes do ultimately make a run for it. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2023 Wall Street Journal - Making a run for it. Fortune, 22 Feb. 2023 Joe then chose to make a run for it, and Roald followed closely behind. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2023 At Herzog and de Meuron’s 56 Leonard, the upper stories appear to be making a run for it, each one shooting off in a different direction. Curbed, 14 Dec. 2022 See More

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“Run for it.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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