\ˈrən-ˌəp \

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


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

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But even if the nominee prevails, the argument won’t entirely end: Collins’ current term in the Senate, her fourth, runs up in 2020. David Lauter,, "As Trump readies Supreme Court pick, Democrats prepare a fight even though a loss is likely," 6 July 2018 But LeBron has still run up against the limits of his labor power The culprit is the NBA’s maximum salary. Dylan Scott, Vox, "LeBron James and the NBA teach us a lot about labor in America," 6 July 2018 And then there’s the cost: Nanduri says an individual Shooting Star drone show can run up a six-figure tab. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "For a More Inclusive Fourth of July Show, Send in the Drones," 4 July 2018 Prince Charles and Princess Diana: $70-110 million When taking about 37 years of inflation into account, reports agree that Prince Charles and Princess Diana ran up a bill of at least $70 million. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Will Cost a Lot, But Not Nearly as Much as Other Royal Nuptials," 29 June 2018 Free of any charges or probation for the first time in years and now fearful of being arrested on a weapon's charge, Yarborough fled the truck and ran up Summit Avenue, weaving in and out of backyards with police in pursuit, the lawsuit says. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Lawsuit says Charlotte cop put gun to head of unarmed man, then lied to justify it," 1 June 2018 Two victims who were in a room said Jorge Porto-Sierra ran up to their door with a red gas can in his hand, according to the affidavit. David Harris,, "Man accused of trying to light sex offenders on fire, deputies say," 7 May 2018 Xiaomi had a tricky month running up to its flotation Monday, shelving a planned share offering in mainland China in June and pricing its shares at the low end. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Xiaomi Defies Skeptics to Rally in Opening Week," 13 July 2018 The ball must bounce once more on the other side of the net before teams can run up to the kitchen line and begin volleying. Bethany Ao,, "How to play pickleball," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of run-up

: a usually sudden increase in price

: the period immediately before an action or event

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