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on the run

1. Attempting to avoid capture, typically as a fugitive from law enforcement; on the lam. The escaped convicts have been on the run for a week, with no leads as to their whereabouts.
2. In a vulnerable position, as of a competitor close to defeat. You've got 'em on the run now, boys! Go out there and finish it! The challenger brought up the senator's past tax evasion during the debate and had him on the run for the rest of the night.
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on the run

 
1. Fig. while one is moving from place to place. I will try to pick up some aspirin today on the run. I will think about it on the run.
2. Fig. running from the police. Richard is on the run from the cops. The gang of crooks is on the run.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on the run

1. In rapid retreat; also, attempting to escape from pursuers. For example, The guerrillas were on the run after the ambush, or The burglars were on the run from the police. [Early 1800s]
2. Hurrying from place to place, as in The company officers were always on the run from New York to Los Angeles and back. [Late 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on the run

1 trying to avoid being captured. 2 continuously active and busy.
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on the ˈrun


1 (of an escaped prisoner, criminal, etc.) be running away or hiding from the police: Four prisoners escaped this morning. Three of them were caught but one of them is still on the run.
2 be very busy or active: She’s been on the run all day. It’s not surprising she’s tired.
3 (of an enemy, opponent, etc.) in the process of being defeated: Liverpool have got Manchester United on the run.The rebels are on the run now. Victory is ours.
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on the run

1. mod. while one is moving from place to place. I will try to get some aspirin today on the run.
2. mod. running from the police. Shorty is on the run from the cops.
See also: on, run
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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