the dog often ran off cats and other animals that had intruded upon his owner's property
their rebellious daughter's run off because she was disciplined again
Recent Examples on the Web
Guatemala court suspends anti-corruption party before presidential election Two months later, in a runoff, Arévalo crushed a longtime politician, Sandra Torres, by 20 points.—Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 Musk’s lax approach to content moderation also nearly got the platform banned during the 2022 presidential runoffs in Brazil, the platform’s third largest market.—WIRED, 17 Nov. 2023 If no candidate in the special election gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the city must schedule a runoff among the two top finishers.—Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2023 Houston mayor: Democratic state Sen. John Whitmire and Democratic U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee are headed to a runoff.—Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2023 To get into the runoff, however, Garvey would have to consolidate most of the vote from the state’s Republican minority.—Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 One method of doing so is to divert stormwater runoff into scooped basins that have been built over porous ground into which the water quickly sinks.—Erica Gies, Scientific American, 25 Oct. 2023 Mark Kelly With all eyes on the Gaza Strip and Israel last week, some good international news out of South America deserves attention: In Ecuador’s runoff presidential election, center-right candidate Daniel Noboa emerged victorious.—Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2023 Argentina is just a day away from a Presidential runoff election that may bring to power the most bizarre candidate whom the nation has produced since democracy was restored there, exactly forty years ago.—Graciela Mochkofsky, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2023
The gunman ran off after the shooting and had not been found as of midmorning, O’Brien said.—Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 And for more than half a year, Microsoft tried to woo Sony, with talks running off and on until late August, when the head of Microsoft’s gaming division, Phil Spencer, emailed a Sony executive, Jim Ryan, with a list of games that Microsoft would guarantee could remain on PlayStation.—David McCabe, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 All this, only to see his film get run off a cliff.—James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Nov. 2023 The match was tied at 12, but after the Dons ran off five straight points, the end seemed inevitable.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2023 Since then, law enforcement has posited that a band of thieves ran off with the toilet in at least two getaway cars.—María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 The little girl walked onto a plane and immediately ran off, bawling.—Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 Hill flashed a peace sign to the video before running off the field.—Scott Thompson, Fox News, 15 Oct. 2023 If your neighborhood is prone to urban flooding, leaving your plants standing keeps more rainfall (or snowfall) from quickly running off because all that plant material holds onto the moisture.—Benjamin Vogt, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2023 See More
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