runoff

noun run·off \ ˈrən-ˌȯf \

Definition of runoff

1 :a final race, contest, or election to decide an earlier one that has not resulted in a decision in favor of any one competitor
2 :the portion of precipitation on land that ultimately reaches streams often with dissolved or suspended material

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First Known Use of runoff

1867


run off

verb

Definition of run off

transitive verb
1 a :to recite, compose, or produce rapidly
b :to cause to be run or played to a finish
c :to decide (a race) by a runoff
2 :to drain off :draw off
3 a :to drive off (someone, such as a trespasser)
b :to steal (animals, such as cattle) by driving away
intransitive verb
run off with
:to carry off :steal
  • ran off with the money

Examples of run off in a Sentence

  1. the dog often ran off cats and other animals that had intruded upon his owner's property

  2. their rebellious daughter's run off because she was disciplined again

First Known Use of run off

1680


RUNOFF Defined for English Language Learners

runoff

noun

Definition of runoff for English Language Learners

  • : an additional race, contest, or election that is held because an earlier one has not resulted in a winner

  • : water from rain or snow that flows over the surface of the ground into streams



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