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run after (one)
1. Literally, to chase behind or closely follow one. John really looks up to his older brother, always running after him wherever he goes.
2. To pursue one as a romantic or sexual partner. I ran after her for nearly a year, but I finally realized I've been wasting my time. All I did was drink and run after girls when I was younger, but I've grown out of that wild behavior now.
run after someone
to chase someone of the opposite sex hoping for a date or some attention. Is John still running after Ann? No, Ann is running after John.
Also, chase after.
1. Follow, pursue with haste, as in Our dog loves to run after the mail truck, or The children were chasing after the geese in the park. [c. 1300]
2. Seek the company or attention of, especially aggressively. For example, He's run after her for a year, but she just ignores him. [Early 1500s]
1. To chase or pursue someone or something: The fox ran after the rabbit.
2. To follow something, always lagging behind: Stock prices have been running after bond prices for a while.
3. To seek the company or attention of someone for purposes of romance: She finally became tired of running after him. I can't believe the way he runs after her.