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run about

1. Literally, to run haphazardly or in different directions in an area. Primarily heard in UK. We took the kids to the park so they could run about for a couple of hours.
2. Figuratively, to be exceptionally busy doing many different tasks or activities, especially in several different locations. Primarily heard in UK. I've been running about all afternoon getting things for Carol's party this evening. I can't wait for the weekend. I've had to run about all week getting little jobs done for my boss, and I'm exhausted!
See also: run
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I started running about two and a half years ago and have logged in over 3,000 miles since then.
The frustrating part is that I have been running about 300 miles a year for three years and it seems as if there is some sort of upper limit that I cannot break through.
I ran in a marathon six months ago (before these problems began) and returned to running about 30 miles per week until the first injury.