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run down

1. to come down, running or very quickly; to go down, running or very quickly. I need to talk to you down here. Can you run down? I will run down and talk to you.
2. [for something] to lose power and stop working. The clock ran down because no one was there to wind it. The toy ran down and wouldn't go again until it had been wound.
3. to become worn or dilapidated. The property was allowed to run down, and it took a lot of money to fix it up. The old neighborhood has certainly run down since we moved away.
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run someone or something down

1. to collide with and knock down someone or something. The drunken driver ran three pedestrians down. Mary ran down a stop sign.
2. to criticize or deride someone or something. Please stop running me down all the time. I can't be that bad! You run down everybody who takes your old job!
3. to hunt for and locate someone or something. Could you run some information down for me? I was finally able to run down my old friend.
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run something down

to use something having batteries, a motor, or an engine until it has no more power and it stops. Who ran my electric toothbrush down? Someone ran down my batteries.
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run you down

to make you very tired All of these crises in the family have really run her down.
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run down somebody

also run somebody down
to injure or kill someone with a vehicle He's accused of running down two pedestrians while driving drunk. She tried to run us down!
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run down somebody/something

also run somebody/something down
1. to unfairly criticize someone or something People run down the justice system all the time, but it works relatively fairly. Some people can only feel better about themselves if they're running you down.
2. to search for and find someone or something We spend a lot of money each year running down students who are out of school illegally. The software giant spent months running down bugs in the program and fixing them. The cops tried to run these guys down, but they had no luck.
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run down (something)

to use the power that makes something work We left the car lights on and ran down the battery. I wound up the toy dog and watched it jump until it ran down.
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run down something

also run something down
1. to explain something I'll run down my research quickly. T. J. ran it all down for him, explaining the different costs of each option.
2. to reduce something We are going to start running down our savings if prices don't stop rising. I want to run our supplies down some more before we reorder.
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run down

1. Stop because of lack of power or force, as in The alarm clock finally ran down. [Mid-1700s]
2. Make or be tired, cause to decline or be declined in health or vigor, as in His long illness ran him down, leaving him with no energy, or After that huge assignment his strength ran down. [First half of 1800s]
3. Collide with and knock over, as in The speeding motorist ran down a pedestrian. [Second half of 1500s]
4. Chase and capture, as in Police detectives ran down the suspects. [Second half of 1600s]
5. Trace the source of, as in She ran down all the references at the library.
6. Disparage, as in Don't run him down, he's a talented actor. [Second half of 1600s] Also see put down, def. 4.
7. Also, run one's eyes over. Look over, review, as in Let's run down the membership list again and see if we can pick a delegate, or She ran her eyes over the crowd, looking for her husband.
8. In baseball, tag out a runner between bases, as in We might have won but in the last inning they ran down two of our runners.
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run down

1. To stop because of lack of force or power: The battery ran down, causing the clock to stop.
2. To make someone or something tired or worn; cause someone or something to lose vigor: All of that work ran me down. The headlights ran down the battery.
3. To collide with and knock down or damage someone or something: That speeding car almost ran me down. The bus ran down a pedestrian.
4. To chase and capture someone or something: The detectives ran down the suspects and had them arrested. The wolves separated one of the elk from the herd and ran it down.
5. To trace the source of something: The police ran down all possible leads in the case. We had the license plate number, so we ran it down and got the name of the driver.
6. To disparage someone or something: Don't run her down—she is very talented.
7. To review something from top to bottom, such as a list; go over something: Let's run down the list of new members and see who has paid the membership fee.
8. Baseball To put a runner out after trapping him or her between two bases: The visiting team managed to run down three players in one inning. The runner tried to get to third base, but the shortstop caught the ball and ran him down.
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The error only occurs in the following case and in version 11 or earlier versions of the software: During a telephone call, the battery has to have run down to such an extent that the warning signal notifying the user about this status has rung three times in the space of one minute.
A man will appear in court accused of injuring two police officers run down by a car during the riots.
For months, America has listened to the Democratic candidates run down each other, run down their country and run down their president.
If the new trams run down the sides of the pavement, how do most of us reach across the kerb?
Louis's paint, moreover, used gravity to run down a canvas that always insisted on its flatness and which refused to figure as space in the conventional, perspectival sense.
YOUR description of Shard End as one of Birmingham's "most run down suburbs" couldn't be more misleading (Mail, June 8).
Duty manager Debbie Lake said: "It was a bit run down and grimy, but the money has certainly made a difference.
Instead the 64 firefighters run down three flights of stairs to get to the engines for an emergency call-out.
An MP has hit out at plans to run down the Sellafield nuclear plant over the next 13 years with the loss of up to 17,000 jobs.
A great driving run down the left by Mark Keith enabled Stevenson to work into some space on the edge of the area.
But he can't argue that California hasn't already been run down.
SO Coun John Crocker reckons Wallasey is not run down (Daily Post, September 23).
Whenever the back runner is being run down, the 3rd baseman must alert the defense to the man on third.
They are not run down but burnt down by arsonists many years ago.