run·​over | \ ˈrən-ˌō-vər How to pronounce runover (audio) \

Definition of runover

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: matter for publication that exceeds the space allotted


\ ˈrən-ˈō-vər How to pronounce run-over (audio) \

Definition of run-over (Entry 2 of 3)

: extending beyond the allotted space

run over

ran over; run over; running over; runs over

Definition of run over (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to exceed a limit

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

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Examples of runover in a Sentence

Verb let's run over this dance number one more time I could run over right now if that's good for you.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fox also was bolstered by a 58-minute runover of its afternoon NFL coverage into prime time in the Eastern and Central time zones that averaged 23.733 million viewers. City News Service, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers-Rays World Series slumps to record-low ratings," 3 Nov. 2020 Its 46-minute runover during the opening week of the 2019-20 season averaged 21.379 million viewers. City News Service, Los Angeles Times, "Shortage of scripted programs deals a lackluster start to the prime-time TV season," 30 Sep. 2020 Fox’s weekly average was bolstered by the 46-minute runover of its afternoon NFL coverage into prime time in the Eastern and Central time zones and averaged 20.995 million viewers. Los Angeles Times, "TV Ratings for Oct. 14-20: ‘Chicago’ crossover helps NBC stay on top," 23 Oct. 2019 The runover is not considered a separate program but is included in the weekly average. Los Angeles Times, "TV Ratings for Oct. 14-20: ‘Chicago’ crossover helps NBC stay on top," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She was then run over a second time when the driver reversed the vehicle to remove the girl. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Girl, 3, seriously injured in Florida sightseeing tram accident," 11 Nov. 2020 The share of tests returning positive results has been climbing steadily since the end of August, and Milwaukee-area testing sites have run over capacity in recent weeks as demand rises. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin hospitals caring for more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients as state ranks among worst in U.S. for new cases," 9 Nov. 2020 By night’s end, three officers had been run over and hospitalized and a 20-year-old who allegedly ran over two of the officers had been shot dead by police at a confrontation at grow house in a residential area of the 1400 block of 92nd Avenue. Phil Matier,, "Biden, Harris come out big winners from election, but Newsom not so much," 8 Nov. 2020 As of Friday 58 police officers had sustained injuries, including one whose leg was broken after she was deliberately run over by a truck. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Handcuffing the Police," 1 Nov. 2020 That means it can be run over by a car — and live to tell the tale. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Scientists now know how.," 22 Oct. 2020 Many of her photos are captioned with quotes or short and punchy sayings that usually do not run over three lines. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Makeup Artist Katrina Guevara Calls Christine Quinn "Disrespectful" After Discrediting Her for Wedding Look," 29 Oct. 2020 Police said 30 officers were injured in the unrest, including a 56-year-old female police officer who was run over by a pickup truck. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, "White House "prepared to deploy federal resources" after unrest following police shooting in Philadelphia," 27 Oct. 2020 The spokesperson, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also cited a recent example—one involving an audio post suggesting right-wing activists run over protesters with cars—of the circuit breaker working. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Facebook’s new tool to stop fake news is a game changer—if the company would only use it," 18 Oct. 2020

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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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18 Nov 2020

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“Runover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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