run away with the idea

run away with the idea

To take a fantastical or unrealistic idea as something that is 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 idea of the mayor being a part of a big conspiracy.
See also: away, idea, run

run aˈway with the idea/notion

(spoken) believe something that is not true: Don’t run away with the idea that you’re going to be famous just because you’ve appeared on television once.
See also: away, idea, notion, run
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Highlighting the environmental work being done, but also stressing the limitations imposed by its size and nature, Darren said: "Wales's upland farms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but many people run away with the idea they all have vast areas of moorland and mountain.
Mr Williams said: "Wales' upland farms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but many people run away with the idea they all have vast areas of moorland and mountain.
Even so, no one could be sure that a narcissistic, constitutionally illiterate and compromised former TV celebrity who won the popular vote would not run away with the idea that they were something other than a non-political ornament.
Consistently the strongest finisher in the competition, connections of all the other finalists will be casting an eye to his in-running position but do not run away with the idea he is short of initial speed, as round two showed.
But let's not run away with the idea that problems caused by 'light touch' regulation are confined to food.
However, do not run away with the idea this was a oneman show, however good, because that would be to demean others of real stature.
She shouldn't have been in the opening ceremony but don't run away with the idea that she sort of walked in off the street.
But let's not run away with the idea that Reid can't upset the odds in Cardiff.
But don't run away with the idea that the cruise was all about the food.
It marked the start of the handover of the venue to the London 2012 committee, leaving Lord Coe, himself a two-time Olympic champion, to note: "I do not want anybody to run away with the idea that this stadium is ready to stage a track-and-field championship tomorrow.
Firstly, if the invention is not patented, the act of showing their concept to potential investors increases the chances that someone will run away with the idea.
But he is eager to ensure that they don't run away with the idea that they have suddenly become hot favourites for tomorrow's match against relegation rivals Morley.
Don't run away with the idea it was some Mickey Mouse scramble either.
Reminding us of the thesis that was promoted by PDSH leader Menduh Thaci, who called on the international community to establish a protectorate over the Republic of Macedonia, Mirka Velinovska from Nova Makedonija says that if our politicians run away with the idea that it is possible for this operation to be carried out following the example of Iraq and Afghanistan that were countries and now are protectorates, they should see how much these decisions cost and what the results will be for the protectors and protected.