run out of gas

Definition of run out of gas

:to no longer have any gas in one's vehicle
  • Our car ran out of gas on the way here.
  • We ran out of gas just as the car reached the gas station.
sometimes used figuratively to indicate getting tired
  • The pitcher ran out of gas in the seventh inning.

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

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

gas play
  1. : a fluid (such as air) that has neither independent shape nor volume but tends to expand indefinitely

  2. : a combustible gas or gaseous mixture for fuel or lighting

  3. : a gaseous product of digestion

  1. : to talk idly or garrulously

  2. : to give off gas (see 1gas 1)

  3. : to fill the tank (as of an automobile) with gasoline


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