run off with


ran off with; running off with; runs off with

transitive verb

disapproving : to leave a person or place in order to live with and have a sexual relationship with (someone) : run away with
He left his partner and ran off with his lover.
: to leave a place with (something that one does not own) : run away with, steal
The accountant ran off with millions.
: to win (something) very easily : run away with
… the Patriots ran off with the game from there.Bill Pennington

Examples of run off with in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another Colorado resident reported that a bear had run off with a cooler of beer, and bears in that state have been observed biting into beer cans, Mr. Livingston said. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of run off with was in the 15th century

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“Run off with.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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