run back

run back (to someone or something)

1. To return (to someone, something, or some place) very quickly, as by running. He ran back to give me a note. I have to run back to the office to get some important documents.
2. To return something (to someone, something, or some place) very quickly, as by running. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "back." I just need to run this package back to the boss before I can take my lunch break. He ran back the ball that had gone into the neighbor's yard.
3. To return a recording to an earlier point and play it again. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "back." The prosecution ran back the tape for the jury so they could hear the defendant's words. The coach ran the video back to the fumble so we could see exactly what went wrong.
See also: back, run, someone

run something back

to wind something back to the beginning. Run the tape back and listen to it again. Run back the tape and listen again.
See also: back, run

run back

to come back, running. She ran to the barn and then ran back. Tom ran back, very much afraid.
See also: back, run
References in classic literature ?
A lifelong habit of his at this time of the year; but he was ready to run back to Paris if he could do anything for his "chere enfant," run back for a day, for two days, for three days, for any time; miss Monte Carlo this year altogether, if he could be of the slightest use and save her going herself.
Shall I run back to Paris and make it up for you with Azzolati?
He kept our feet on the smoothest part of the road, and if the uphill was very long, he set the carriage wheels a little across the road, so as not to run back, and gave us a breathing.
It was during this period that he might have harkened to the memories of the lair and the stream and run back to the Wild.
I lost no time in letting fly several arrows, and at last one of the great animals fell to the ground dead, and the others retreated, leaving me free to come down from my hiding place and run back to tell my master of my success, for which I was praised and regaled with good things.