\ 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 such explanations would run up against a host of hard-to-explain obstacles. David Botti, The Seattle Times, "Suspects in Khashoggi case had ties to Saudi crown prince," 16 Oct. 2018 But the prospect of a modern genetic control of mosquito populations has run up against the very old problem of evolution, as the gene drives often stall due to genetic changes that allow mosquito populations to escape their impact. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gene drive used to turn all female mosquitos sterile," 27 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Tolga Kirbay, a star trader of Turkish assets recently hired by Barclays from BNP Paribas SA, had run up a loss of as much as roughly $20 million on his book, said a person familiar with the situation. Laurence Fletcher, WSJ, "BlackRock Among Investors Hit By Turkey Turmoil," 15 Aug. 2018 Essentially every big category of project in the blockchain realm has run up against obstacles that have so far barred the way to real breakout success. New York Times, "A Field Guide to the Hurdles Facing Blockchain Adoption," 27 June 2018 The one the Dealmaster has been stretching and preparing and running up steps Rocky II-style for. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day deals happening right now [Updated]," 16 July 2018 The plans’ assets likely have increased in value due to a run up in interest rates and stock prices. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Bankruptcy Filing Shifts Spotlight to Sears’s Pension Plans," 15 Oct. 2018 Divincenzo had a memorable NCAA run up to the 2018 title and impressed at the combine. Sarah Todd,, "NBA mock draft: Mikal Bridges checks all of the Sixers' boxes | Sarah Todd," 20 June 2018 But more interesting than the funicular, in my opinion, is what runs up the mountain right alongside it: a two-mile staircase with a slope that gets up to a glute-grinding 65-percent gradient. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Longest Staircase Is in Switzerland," 4 June 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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