run-up

noun \ ˈrən-ˌəp \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of run-up

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

First Known Use of run-up

1897


run up

verb

Definition of run up

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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First Known Use of run up

14th century


RUN-UP Defined for English Language Learners

run-up

noun

Definition of run-up for English Language Learners

  • : a usually sudden increase in price

  • : the period immediately before an action or event


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