\ 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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Overall the reports show a free-spending campaign, run mostly by volunteers who ran up food tabs on a campaign credit card and shuttled all over town via Ubers, with no real campaign manager at the helm. Sharon Coolidge,, "At last, some answers about Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor's campaign finances," 8 July 2018 Visa applicants also require a medical check in Guyana that can run up to around $90 per adult, U.S. officials said. Doreen Hemlock, miamiherald, "Cubans are flocking to Guyana for economic reasons — but there's a twist," 28 June 2018 Murphy had expressed frustration with both sides in the lengthy orphans’ court action that run up legal bills of well over $1 million. Bob Fernandez,, "Philly law firm Schnader Harrison, lawyer sued in Middleton brother-sister feud over billions," 26 June 2018 At the event, I was surrounded by pros who ran up to Nintendo reps with precise questions about techniques like frame cancelling and edge dashing and boost grabbing. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," 15 June 2018 Each electric skate features a climate controlled cabin, luggage storage space, and Wi-Fi, and Boring Company projects that the system will run up to 20 hours per day, seven days a week with electric skates departing as quickly as every 30 seconds. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Chicago mayor wants Elon Musk to build high-speed transit linking O'Hare and downtown," 14 June 2018 But Joke Bijl, a forest service spokeswoman, says this is a misunderstanding: all animal populations run up against barriers. The Economist, "A Dutch park that mimics nature angers animal-rights activists," 7 June 2018 Now each year the king and queen partake in a ceremony at the museum, during which the Swedish flag is run up the mast and children in traditional costumes present the couple with bouquets of summer flowers. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Sweet Siblings Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar Pal Around for Sweden's National Day," 6 June 2018 In addition to Dixon, three other drivers gambled to try to swipe a victory from the drivers who ran up front much of the day. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Will Power takes charge in final laps to win the Indianapolis 500," 27 May 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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