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
: desert

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Sure, her legions of little monsters may not run out and dress in head to toe Gareth Pugh or custom Moschino, but seeing her at her kookiest serves as an inspiration for all. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga’s Campiest Moments of All Time," 3 May 2019 Time ran out on top-seeded Gonzaga’s season with a bitter 75-69 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at the Honda Center. Jim Meehan, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga’s season ends just short of Final Four in dramatic loss to Texas Tech in West Region final," 30 Mar. 2019 With only one episode left in the season, time is running out to wrap up Season 4's sprawling storylines. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Skelton Talks Bree's Outlander Confrontation," 21 Jan. 2019 Within a couple of weeks, her daughter’s prescription ran out. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 That transition may help explain why their separate officers are not run out of the same royal palace. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What It Really Means that Prince Harry and Prince William's Royal Households Are Splitting," 15 Mar. 2019 The program is being run out of the United States Department of Treasury, and those looking to launch opportunity funds or invest in them are waiting for final guidance from Treasury and the IRS, which is expected by the end of the year. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Opportunity zones: vital community development tool or tax windfall for the rich?," 3 Oct. 2018 Other examiners debunked that theory, their deaths remain unsolved, and the medical examiner was eventually run out of Arkansas. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Weed in Ohio: Medicine now, but that'll change in time," 4 June 2018 While covering the 1984 National League Championship Series for the Courant, Smith was run out of the Padres’ clubhouse by players who objected to the presence of a woman. Dom Amore, courant.com, "For Claire Smith, 'Just Going To Work' Inspired A Generation Of Women In Sports Journalism," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of run out

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

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