run out

ran out; run out; running out; runs out

Definition of run out

intransitive verb

1a : to come to an end : expire time ran out
b : to become exhausted or used up the gasoline ran out
2 : to jut out

transitive verb

1a : to finish out (a course, a series, a contest, etc.) : complete
b of a baseball batter : to run hard to first base after hitting (a batted ball) ran out the grounder
2a : to fill out (a typeset line) with quads, leaders, or ornaments
b : to set (a line of text, such as the first line of a paragraph) with a hanging indention
3 : to exhaust (oneself) in running
4 : to cause to leave by force or coercion : expel
run out of
: to use up the available supply of ran out of time
run out on
: desert

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The action is necessary, Harada says, because the government is running out of storage. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Would Japan Dump Radioactive Water Into the Pacific Ocean?," 12 Sep. 2019 The suggestion comes after Popeyes ran out of its new chicken sandwich last month. Doreen Christensen,, "Want a Popeyes chicken sandwich? Bring your own buns," 12 Sep. 2019 But time is quickly running out for a deal before the election. Washington Post, "Trump’s US-Taliban move pushes Afghans toward fragile vote," 11 Sep. 2019 Time is running out, but there will still be time to tell stories about the place., "The lunchtime crowd was light at the venerable Jamaica Plain pub on Tuesday, but the voice of the storied barroom’s owner was heavy and somber when he confirmed the rumors later in the day: Doyle’s, whose rich and colorful history stretches to the late 1800s, is approaching its last call.," 11 Sep. 2019 Last call: Time is running out to reserve a ticket for Parma Animal Shelter’s Barktoberfest fundraiser 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Yorktown Lanes Party Room, 6218 Pearl Road, Parma Heights. Carol Kovach,, "Stomp, Tri-C’s new teal triceratops mascot, visits Western Campus: Sun Postings," 10 Sep. 2019 Understanding that time was running out for Milwaukee, manager Craig Cousell dialed the burner all the way up on his team. Matt Martell,, "Which Wild-Card Contenders Are Facing the Most Pressure?," 9 Sep. 2019 Buccaneers Time is running out for Jameis Winston to prove he’s a true franchise quarterback instead of a constant liability on and off the field. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "NFC preview: Will new coaching staff propel Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay back to title chase?," 5 Sep. 2019 The pessimists suggest that time is running out, not simply for the country—as Buttigieg is fond of repeating in his stump speech and on the debate stage—but for his prospects in an overcrowded field. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Fresh, Well-Funded Start for Pete Buttigieg in Iowa," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of run out

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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