run down to

run down to (someone or something)

1. To travel down (something) very quickly on foot to reach someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "down" to specify what is being traveled down. I ran down the stairs to the front door to greet my father. I ran down to the well, fearing that someone had fallen in.
2. To travel to something or someplace very quickly, especially to accomplish some brief or straightforward task. I just need to run down to the post office to send this package. Would you run down to the bank and deposit this check for me?
3. To deliver something to someone or some place, especially very quickly or hastily. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "run" and "down." I'm just going to run these documents down to Tara in the legal department. I think Tom ran down to Tara's house for a quick visit.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

run down to someone or something

to come or go down to someone or something, rapidly. Sally ran down the slope to Bob, who stood waiting for her with outstretched arms. I ran down to the well to get some water for Ed, who had the hiccups.
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run down to

some place to travel to a place. (By running or any other means.) I have to run down to the store and get some bread. I want to run down to the bank, but my car is out of gas.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
In later years, Reading seems to have been regarded as a handy place to run down to, when matters were becoming unpleasant in London.
Lizzy, my dear, run down to your father, and ask him how much he will give her.
The whole vast plain of Gascony and of Languedoc is an arid and profitless expanse in winter save where the swift-flowing Adour and her snow-fed tributaries, the Louts, the Oloron and the Pau, run down to the sea of Biscay.
He said: "It is the height of irresponsibility to allow the clock to run down to such an extent.
Hehas run down to Harrogate to run down his country."