run out

verb
ran out; run out; running out; runs out

Definition of run out

intransitive verb

1a : to come to an end : expire time ran out
b : to become exhausted or used up the gasoline ran out
2 : to jut out

transitive verb

1a : to finish out (a course, a series, a contest, etc.) : complete
b of a baseball batter : to run hard to first base after hitting (a batted ball) ran out the grounder
2a : to fill out (a typeset line) with quads, leaders, or ornaments
b : to set (a line of text, such as the first line of a paragraph) with a hanging indention
3 : to exhaust (oneself) in running
4 : to cause to leave by force or coercion : expel
run out of
: to use up the available supply of ran out of time
run out on

Examples of run out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Browns only had to run out the clock and Mayfield, who earlier had a key 28-yard run, scampered for 3 yards on 3rd-and-2 with 1:10 left. Tom Withers, BostonGlobe.com, "The Browns, at last, get back into the playoffs with win over Steelers," 3 Jan. 2021 The upshot is that McConnell appears to have decided to run out the clock on stimulus discussions, since the current session of Congress ends on January 3, and there is effectively no time to pass complicated legislation before then. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "$2000 checks are ‘socialism for rich people’ says McConnell, killing hope of extra stimulus," 31 Dec. 2020 The Jets’ defense stopped the Rams on downs near midfield with 3:54 to play before Darnold hit Gore with the short pass over the middle that allowed the Jets to run out the clock. Greg Beacham, SFChronicle.com, "Jets upset Rams, revel in first win of tumultuous season," 20 Dec. 2020 All Dallas needed to do was fall on the ball and run out the clock. David Moore, Dallas News, "‘It was too open’: Why the Cowboys weren’t so happy about CeeDee Lamb’s touchdown return on onside kick," 20 Dec. 2020 But the Chiefs secured multiple first downs to run out the clock for the 32-29 victory. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Cam Jordan on punch that led to ejection as Saints fall to Chiefs: 'This loss on me'," 20 Dec. 2020 Mississippi’s next drive ended with another McKinstry interception to help the home team run out the clock and snap a three-game losing streak in the series. al, "MVP Ga’Quincy McKinstry helps Alabama All-Stars snap skid, down Mississippi 19-7," 12 Dec. 2020 The Gophers were able to run out the clock after that completion with six consecutive runs by Mohamed Ibrahim. Star Tribune, "Gophers' Tanner Morgan shows passing skill that Huskers' Adrian Martinez lacks," 12 Dec. 2020 Pushing and punching took place between players after Mitchell took a knee for the final time to run out the clock. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Wekiva fires football coach following playoff altercation; joining vacancies at Lyman, Tohopekaliga," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of run out

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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17 Jan 2021

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“Run out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run%20out. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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