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run an errand

To make a short trip to complete a specific task or chore. Can you see if your father can come pick you up? I've been running errands all day, and I don't want to trek across town yet again. I'm just stepping out to run an errand. I'll be back soon.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: errand, run
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
"I observed that Amy took drumsticks at dinner, ran errands for her mother all the afternoon, gave Meg her place tonight, and has waited on every on with patience and good humor.
Hindley Earnshaw, that was Hareton's father, and I got used to playing with the children: I ran errands too, and helped to make hay, and hung about the farm ready for anything that anybody would set me to.
Sometimes he ventured north of Market Street into the shopping and theatre district, where he sold papers, ran errands, and opened cabs.
The Princess was of the family of Pompili, lineally descended from the second king of Rome, and Egeria of the house of Olympus, while the Prince's grandfather, Alessandro Polonia, sold wash-balls, essences, tobacco, and pocket-handkerchiefs, ran errands for gentlemen, and lent money in a small way.
A day later, they ran errands in Los Angeles, according to the (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5216961/Ben-Affleck-runs-errands-girlfriend-Lindsay-Shookus.html) Daily Mail . 
The court heard Lemonheigh was a carer for his wife, Noreen, who had a "chronic medical condition" and ran errands for her around their home town of Neath.
Lemonheigh was a carer for his wife, who has a "chronic medical condition", and ran errands for her around their home town of Neath.
The singer-turned-style icon dressed to match the weather in this hot pink minidress as she ran errands near her new home in LA.
He collected laundry, ran errands, shined shoes, and did other chores that would be regarded as menial most any other place.
But he attended college once a week at Wrexham and also ran errands for his parents,he said.
Rose would drop her off at Castelli's gallery where Bearman worked as an assistant while Rose ran errands.
She also sports a make-up free face with her glasses and a slouchy bag as she ran errands around the city.