run-up

noun
\ ˈrən-ˌəp How to pronounce run-up (audio) \

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

verb
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

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Normandy’s Negroes, serving in mostly segregated units, worked under fire instead as stevedores and as antiaircraft men who ran up barrage balloons to frustrate enemy air strikes at the beaches. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What’s the Most Accurate D-Day Movie? Here’s What 3 Movies Got Right—and Wrong," 5 June 2019 Though the small model is only $90, the medium and large sizes, plus additional accessories, can run up to $300. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Portable Fire Pits to Build a Campfire Anywhere," 6 May 2019 The rumples form when the bottom of the ice shelf, which flows downhill toward the ocean like very slow putty, runs up against an underwater ridge. National Geographic, "This giant chunk of ice could break off Antarctica any day," 25 Mar. 2019 Kourt pulled out all the stops for her birthday look, opting for a revealing vintage Versace gown with a sheer skirt and sheer panels running up the sides. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Kourtney Kardashian's 40th Birthday Party," 19 Apr. 2019 But, with very limited exceptions, school districts must purchase Apple products directly from the company — the issue Ohio’s Miller ran up against. Sarah Butrymowicz And Tara García Mathewson, WIRED, "Why Some Schools Pay More Than Others When Buying From Apple," 26 Mar. 2018 Military personnel ran up to the burning car that exploded in flame after breaching the security gates. John Blackstone, CBS News, "New details in possible attempted attack at Travis Air Force Base in California," 22 Mar. 2018 Prices dropped elsewhere in the commodities basket, with oil prices plunging by as much as 5% in the run up to the Vienna summit of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies on Thursday. David Hodari, WSJ, "Base Metals Follow Stocks, Oil Lower," 6 Dec. 2018 Traffic on the bridge was also heavier than usual in the run up to the Italian holiday Ferragosto. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Bridge Collapse In Italy Leaves At Least 22 Dead," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of run-up

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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run-up

noun

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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