run on the bank

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of run on the bank

:an occurrence when a lot of people take their money out of a bank because they are afraid that the bank will fail

Word by Word Definitions

run play
  1. : to go faster than a walk

  2. : to move at a fast gallop

  3. : flee, retreat, escape

  1. : an act or the action of running : continued rapid movement

  2. : a quickened gallop

  3. : a migration of fish (as up or down a river) especially to spawn

  1. : being in a melted state

  2. : made from molten material : cast in a mold

  3. : having made a migration or spawning run

bank play
  1. : a mound, pile, or ridge raised above the surrounding level: such as

  2. : a piled-up mass of cloud or fog

  3. : an undersea elevation rising especially from the continental shelf

  1. : to build a raised border of earth around : to raise a bank (see 1bank 2) about

  2. : to restrict the flow of air to (a fire) especially by piling ash around or over the burning embers

  3. : to build (a curve) with the roadbed or track inclined laterally upward from the inside edge

  1. : an establishment for the custody, loan, exchange, or issue of money, for the extension of credit, and for facilitating the transmission of funds

  2. : the table, counter, or place of business of a money changer

  3. : a person conducting a gambling house or game

  1. : to manage a bank

  2. : to deposit money or have an account in a bank (see 3bank 1a)

  3. : to deposit or store in a bank

  1. : a group or series of objects arranged together in a row or a tier : such as

  2. : a set of elevators

  3. : a row or tier of telephones


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