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run away with (one)
1. To flee or depart very suddenly and hurriedly along with one. Harry ran away with a group of troublemakers from his school, so there's no telling what he's up to at the moment. A: "Where's Sally?" B: "I saw her run away with Tom. They went that way, I think."
2. To escape, depart, or elope with a romantic partner. She was all set to marry the son of her father's business partner, but she ran away with her high school sweetheart at the last minute. A: "I heard Bill's wife ran off with his accountant." B: "Yikes. I hope he's doing all right."
3. To overwhelm or take control of one's judgment or senses. Sorry, my excitement ran away with me, and I pulled the lever too early. I never meant to be so mean to Helena, but my frustration started running away with me.
run away with (something)
1. To flee with something that one has stolen. The kid ran away with a bunch of candy while her friend distracted the store owner.
2. To give the best performance and succeed handily in something. It was pretty even for the first half, but the Chargers ran away with the game after they got that interception in the third quarter. The whole production was great, but the woman who played Harriet ran away with the show, if you ask me.
3. To treat something, especially something unrealistic or outlandish, as being definitely true or destined to happen. His book appeared on a local bestseller list, and now he's run away with the idea of being a famous author. Local tabloids are running away with the notion of the mayor being a part of a big conspiracy.
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run away with someone
1. to flee in the company of someone. Frank arrived on the scene, saw what had happened, and ran away with the other boys. Tom ran away with Bill to a place where they could hide.
2. [for two people] to elope. Jill ran away with Jack, much to her father's relief. Jill and Jack ran away with each other.
run away with something
1. to flee with something in one's possession. The crook ran away with the watch. Someone ran away with that lady's purse.
2. to capture or steal a performance by being the best performer. Henry ran away with the show, and everyone loved him. The dog ran away with the whole performance.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
run away with
1. Also, run off with. Hurriedly make off with someone or something, as in She ran away with the boy next door, or The children ran off with the ball. [Early 1600s]
2. Win handily, as in The film ran away with all the important awards. [Early 1800s]
3. Get the better of, as in Sometimes his enthusiasm runs away with him. [Late 1600s]
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.