run-in

noun
\ ˈrən-ˌin How to pronounce run-in (audio) \

Definition of run-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 British : the final part of a race or racetrack
3 : something inserted as a substantial addition in copy or typeset matter

run in

verb
ran in; run in; running in; runs in

Definition of run in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to insert as additional matter
b : to make (typeset matter) continuous without a paragraph or other break
2 : to arrest for a usually minor offense
3 chiefly British : to break in (a new machine) gradually by careful operation

intransitive verb

: to pay a casual visit

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Examples of run-in in a Sentence

Verb I just thought I'd run in and pick up my package. if we catch you shoplifting again, we're going to run you in
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Reds scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning or later in all three games this weekend. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 4 July 2021 Their response was telling, and established a template for four unpredictable weeks that followed as the Clippers dodged injuries, double-digit deficits and doubt about their mettle to extend the longest playoff run in franchise history. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 The Community School of Davidson, like Hobgood, was formerly a secular private school run in a Baptist church. Peter Greene, Forbes, 29 June 2021 After another two-out run in the second, José Altuve drilled a two-run home run off Eshelman with one out in the fourth, leaving Eshelman with a 7.27 ERA despite a successful first start. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 23 June 2021 Kids from first through sixth grade can fulfill their fat-tire fantasies with three-day camps run in partnership with local nonprofit Roaring Fork Cycling. Sara Clemence, WSJ, 22 June 2021 New York turned its record-tying third triple play of the season to strand the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, bailing out closer Aroldis Chapman from a shaky outing and closing down a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Jake Seiner, courant.com, 20 June 2021 New York turned its record-tying third triple play of the season to strand the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, bailing out closer Aroldis Chapman in a shaky outing and closing down a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2021 The Golden Knights might be well-served to do the same after finding themselves in the all too familiar position of facing adversity during a postseason run in which they’ve now trailed in all three series. John Wawrow, ajc, 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of run-in

Noun

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Run-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run-in. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for run-in

run-in

noun

English Language Learners Definition of run-in

informal : an angry argument

run-in

noun
\ ˈrən-ˌin \

Kids Definition of run-in

: an angry argument

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