take a run at

idiom

US, informal
: to attempt to do or solve (something)
"I can't solve this math problem." "Let me take a run at it."

Examples of take a run at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider that the English Channel was a fifth of the width but still enough of a barrier to stop the Nazis from conquering the United Kingdom. Japan and South Korea are the only other large economic prizes nearby, but Beijing is in no position to take a run at them militarily, either. Stephen G. Brooks, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2023 At one point, sources say the Cavs were planning to take a run at Jerami Grant. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2020 Deshaun Fenwick is mulling a decision as to whether return or take a run at the NFL. oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2023 No one’s going to intimidate you, or take a run at you with him out there. Dallas News, 29 Nov. 2022 Sources say the Cavs were prepared to take a run at free agent Jerami Grant before his bubble performance likely pushed him out of their price range. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 9 Nov. 2020 And even before the puppets take a run at Mark and Louise, they’re emotionally terrorized by lingering childhood trauma and personal problems. Carol Memmott, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 The 21-year-old Brazilian is in fabulous form and ready to take a run at Warholm and Benjamin. oregonlive, 16 July 2022 At least take a run at him. Dallas News, 7 May 2022

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“Take a run at.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20run%20at. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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