run-in

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noun

1
British : the final part of a race or racetrack
2
3
: something inserted as a substantial addition in copy or typeset matter

run in

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verb

ran in; run in; running in; runs in

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

Examples of run-in in a Sentence

Noun the rival gangs had a bit of a run-in last night 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
Noun
Three times in two days, on May 30 and 31, the police questioned Angelo Baez, at 47 a thick, graying Jungle elder with a prison record and a history of run-ins with law enforcement. Photographs Todd Heisler, New York Times, 19 May 2024 This isn't the Aces first run-in with the league over the last few years. CBS News, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for run-in 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of run-in was in 1799

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Cite this Entry

“Run-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run-in. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

run-in

noun
ˈrən-ˌin
: an angry dispute : quarrel

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