run-on sentence

noun

Definition of run-on sentence 

: a sentence containing two or more clauses not connected by the correct conjunction or punctuation

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For those of us who make a habit of investing our allegiance in underdogs, then, the World Cup often reads like an interminable, run-on sentence of tragedy, loosely punctuated with eruptions of joy. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Four paragraphs of run-on sentences are usually a clue. The Cut, "The Sober Gym Manager in an Unconventional Relationship," 17 June 2018 Each room has its own character, so the house isn't one continuous run-on sentence. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Gregory Shano on Decorating His Relaxed Long Island Retreat," 30 Mar. 2015

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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