run·​over | \ ˈrən-ˌō-vər \

Definition of runover 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: matter for publication that exceeds the space allotted


\ ˈrən-ˈō-vər \

Definition of run-over (Entry 2 of 3)

: extending beyond the allotted space

run over


Definition of run over (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to exceed a limit
2 : overflow

transitive verb

1 : to go over, examine, repeat, or rehearse quickly
2 : to collide with, knock down, and often drive over ran over a dog

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Synonyms for runover

Synonyms: Verb

exercise, practice (also practise), rehearse

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Examples of runover in a Sentence


let's run over this dance number one more time I could run over right now if that's good for you.

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Meanwhile, Red Sox starter David Price continued his October transformation, allowing only two runs over six innings. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Notch Game 2 World Series Win Over Dodgers," 25 Oct. 2018 The Cubs scored a total of two runs over 22 innings, dropping a tiebreaker to Milwaukee for the NL Central championship and then getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Rockies. Andrew Seligman, The Seattle Times, "For Cubs, season ends on sour note with loss to Rockies," 2 Oct. 2018 Odorizzi had allowed just two runs over 17 innings in his previous three starts. Brian Hall,, "Twins hit Nathan Eovaldi hard, hold off Rays 11-8," 14 July 2018 Andrew Cashner recorded another gritty quality start, holding the Twins to three runs over six innings for his sixth quality start in his past eight outings. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Cashner's quality start, Schoop's two homers not enough in Orioles' 5-2 loss to Twins," 6 July 2018 The Mets’ starting pitcher, Zack Wheeler, was stout, allowing two runs over six innings while striking out eight. James Wagner, New York Times, "After Dramatic Homer by Brandon Nimmo, the Mets Have a Winning Streak. Really.," 17 June 2018 The charity benefited Tyler Skaggs, in particular, the Angels starter giving up two unearned runs over seven innings, improving to 6-4 and lowering his ERA to 2.81. Jeff Miller,, "Early Oakland errors make it easy for Skaggs," 16 June 2018 Backed by home runs from Trevor Larnach and Tyler Malone, the senior left-hander struck out 12 and held Oregon to four hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a 5-2 victory for No. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Luke Heimlich's 12 strikeouts lead Oregon State Beavers to Civil War baseball win," 19 Apr. 2018 The scenario is designed to cause stress, and agents are forced to think quickly or face being shot, run over or hit with rocks. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "Clash with migrants spotlights force at the border," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of runover


1900, in the meaning defined above


1931, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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