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run its course

To progress along something's natural course and conclude at its normal pace. (Used especially in reference to illness and disease.) Unfortunately, there's no cure for this kind of infection; you just have to let it take its course. Rather than go through the medical procedures and take all the different medications, I've decided to just let the disease take its course, and see what happens.
See also: course, run

run its course

[for something] to continue through its cycle of existence, especially a disease. Sorry. There is no medicine for it. It will just have to run its course.
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run its course

Proceed to its logical or natural conclusion, as in The doctor said the cold would probably run its course within a week. This idiom employs course in the sense of "an onward movement in a particular path." [Second half of 1500s]
See also: course, run

run its course

COMMON If something runs its course, it develops gradually and comes to a natural end. If you allow such behaviour to run its course without reacting, eventually the behaviour will disappear on its own. Is this a sign that the recession has run its course?
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run/take its ˈcourse

(of a series of events, an illness, etc.) develop in the natural or usual way without being changed or stopped: The doctors agreed to let the illness run its course, rather than prescribe drugs which had little chance of success.We must allow justice to take its course.
See also: course, run, take
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They can rapidly "leapfrog" to the latest capabilities rather than waiting for the process of evolution to run its course.
This phenomena of tacking on 20 percent over the last comps (comparable prices) is beginning to run its course,'' Link said.
After this frontal activity has run its course -- though still less than 1 second after reading the word -- part of the left hemisphere toward the back of the brain takes over.
To protect the interests of the unsecured creditors of Global Crossing, the Creditors' Committee intends to take all appropriate actions to ensure that the CFIUS review process is permitted to run its course without interference by any third parties.
Sometimes, it's got to run its course and then it stays back in there for a while.
Because of this similarity, she says, the body continues to make antibodies in the mistaken belief that the strep bug is still causing havoc, even after the infection has run its course.
It all comes down to marketing," says Shafqat, adding, "Now that cost cutting has run its course, the winners are prudently revising their marketing.
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Allowing end-users to file lawsuits and complaints before this process has run its course is a bit like criticizing a play before the opening curtain goes up.
More condemned California inmates (13) have died at their own hands than in the execution chamber, and more than twice as many (23) have died of other causes while waiting behind bars for the interminable appeals process to run its course.
It may be that the Dog's historical coincidence of the 1970s and 80s has run its course," Lee stated.