run-in

noun \ ˈrən-ˌin \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of run-in

1 British : the final part of a race or racetrack
3 : something inserted as a substantial addition in copy or typeset matter

First Known Use of run-in

1799

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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run-in Synonyms


run in

verb

Definition of run in

1 a : to insert as additional matter
b : to make (typeset matter) continuous without a paragraph or other break
2 : to arrest for a usually minor offense
3 chiefly British : to break in (a new machine) gradually by careful operation
: to pay a casual visit

Examples of run in in a Sentence

  1. I just thought I'd run in and pick up my package.

  2. if we catch you shoplifting again, we're going to run you in

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First Known Use of run in

1888

in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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RUN-IN Defined for English Language Learners

run-in

Definition of run-in for English Language Learners

  • : an angry argument


RUN-IN Defined for Kids

run-in

noun \ ˈrən-ˌin \

Definition of run-in for Students

: an angry argument


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