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Definition of run-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of running up something
2 : a usually sudden increase in volume or price
3 : a period immediately preceding an action or event

run up

ran up; run up; running up; runs up

Definition of run up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to grow rapidly : shoot up

transitive verb

1 : bid up
2 : to stitch together quickly
3 : to erect hastily
4 : to achieve by accumulating ran up a big lead

Examples of run-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many companies had just run up millions, or billions, of dollars in losses due to the war in Ukraine, which led to a massive — and costly — corporate exodus from Russia. Michelle Toh, CNN, 10 May 2022 Those who need to be admitted run up against a system that’s chronically short on capacity, and that’s often been reimbursed at lower rates than medical care. Carey Goldberg, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 Republicans have sharply run up their margins among working-class white voters and in more rural areas, offsetting the losses that the party has suffered in the state’s suburbs around cities like Columbus and Cleveland. New York Times, 3 May 2022 On top of the problems of overcrowded jails and a dearth of immigration judges, Operation Lone Star has also run up against a number of ideologically hostile local prosecutors and officials. Nate Hochman, National Review, 18 Mar. 2022 The price of the metal has already run up substantially, as traders anticipate potential supply disruptions if Russia invades Ukraine and the rest of the world imposes severe economic sanctions on Russia in response. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2022 Jonathan Paul has run up more than 400 blots of Invite ink — including an astonishing 25 victories — mostly from the early years of the Invite. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 The internet has long been seen as a refuge for untrammeled expression, but as large social media platforms have come to dominate the web, that ideal has run up against concerns about extremism, misinformation and user safety. Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Harbaugh has run up the score on some teams in the past. Mike Preston,, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of run-up


1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Run-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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