run an errand

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run an errand

 and do an errand; go on an errand
to take a short trip to do a specific thing; to complete an errand. I've got to run an errand. I'll be back in a minute. John has gone on an errand. He'll be back shortly.
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run an errand

also run errands
to make a short trip for a particular purpose I've got to run a few errands and then stop by my mother's house.
Usage notes: usually to buy or deliver something
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run an errand

Go to perform a commission, as in I spent the morning running household errands-to the cleaners, the supermarket, the hardware store . [c. 1500]
See also: errand, run
References in classic literature ?
And its efficiency is largely, if not mainly, due to the fact that its inhabitants may run errands by telephone as well as by elevator.
He can mow the lawn and run errands when the horses do not need atten- tion," she explained to her husband.
If you were to give him two he would go mad at the sight of so much wealth and throw up his job at the Fonda, where he is so useful to run errands, in that way he has of skimming along the paths without displacing a stone.
This man had no strength nor stay in him, but he was a great hulking fellow to look at; his real name, the one his mother gave him, was Arnaeus, but the young men of the place called him Irus, {148} because he used to run errands for any one who would send him.
Shaw was a nervous, fussy invalid, who wanted something every five minutes; so Polly found plenty of small things to do for her and did, them so cheerfully, that the poor lady loved to have the quiet, helpful child near, to wait upon her, read to her, run errands, or hand the seven different shawls which were continually being put on or off.
There's a little Jewish girl here who used to run errands for a milliner, and got sick and lost her place; and she was four days on the streets without a mouthful of food, and then she went to a place just around the corner and offered herself, and they made her give up her clothes before they would give her a bite to eat
Survey respondents more frequently run errands (33 percent), check personal email (28 percent) and surf the Internet (24 percent) during their break.
Bogus paramedic Phillip Lemonheigh disguised his car as an ambulance, to run errands for his wife
She left home Thursday afternoon to run errands and was reported missing on Friday.
We kids used to run errands for the soldiers and get a few coppers as a reward.
The move came as fresh reports emerged this week of politicians using the police officers assigned to them to run errands.
Dubai Police have warned parents not to lock their children in cars and go shopping or run errands as they may suffocate in the heat.
Almost half of those questioned said they worried about wasting precious time off, with nearly four in ten (39 per cent) using weekends to run errands, 51 per cent choosing to spend quality time with family and friends and 27 per cent doing household chores.
Every day she delivers papers, run errands and helps anyone who needs a hand.
However, the data reveals that a slightly higher percentage of respondents from urban households (61%) claim that women in their families go outside the house to run errands as compared to the respondents from rural households.