run its course

idiom

used to say that something begins, continues for a time, and then ends
The disease usually runs its course in a few days.

Examples of run its course in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even if the planning process reveals that a friendship has run its course, does the split have to be especially painful? Martine Thompson, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2024 So, the correct way to generate new ideas is to allow Fast Thinking to run its course, but that feels uncomfortable to people who are looking for a quick solution. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 This specific patch is designed to target your post-breakout skin damage, blurring the appearance of dark spots after your zit has run its course. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 30 Jan. 2024 Mills agreed, saying that the relationship had simply run its course. Glamour, 23 Feb. 2024 The cutbacks suggest the tech industry is in the middle of a wrenching adjustment that has yet to run its course and could bring more pain to the boom-and-bust industry, experts warned. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 The larger question is whether this Big 3 has simply run its course as an effective lead group. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Gilligan had long wanted to write a crossover episode with Cops, and by S7, Carter figured the series had likely run its course, so why not take some creative chances? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Sep. 2023 Instead of debating whether this Heat core has run its course, or whether the days of contention are over, the focus has shifted to what has gone right during the Heat’s best stretch of basketball since the calendar turned to 2024. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024

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“Run its course.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run%20its%20course. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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