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run an errand

To make a short trip to complete a specific task or chore. Can you see if your father can come pick you up? I've been running errands all day, and I don't want to trek across town yet again. I'm just stepping out to run an errand. I'll be back soon.
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run an errand

 and do an errand; go on an errand
to take a short trip to do a specific thing; to complete an errand. I've got to run an errand. I'll be back in a minute. John has gone on an errand. He'll be back shortly.
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run an errand

Go to perform a commission, as in I spent the morning running household errands-to the cleaners, the supermarket, the hardware store . [c. 1500]
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References in classic literature ?
The Monday and Tuesday preceding it we did not go to school at all, but were all kept home to do chores and run errands. The cooking and decorating and arranging that went on those two days was amazing, and Felicity was so happy over it all that she did not even quarrel with Dan--though she narrowly escaped it when he told her that the Governor's wife was coming to the wedding.
And its efficiency is largely, if not mainly, due to the fact that its inhabitants may run errands by telephone as well as by elevator.
"He can mow the lawn and run errands when the horses do not need atten- tion," she explained to her husband.
If you were to give him two he would go mad at the sight of so much wealth and throw up his job at the Fonda, where he is so useful to run errands, in that way he has of skimming along the paths without displacing a stone."
This man had no strength nor stay in him, but he was a great hulking fellow to look at; his real name, the one his mother gave him, was Arnaeus, but the young men of the place called him Irus, {148} because he used to run errands for any one who would send him.
Shaw was a nervous, fussy invalid, who wanted something every five minutes; so Polly found plenty of small things to do for her and did, them so cheerfully, that the poor lady loved to have the quiet, helpful child near, to wait upon her, read to her, run errands, or hand the seven different shawls which were continually being put on or off.
There's a little Jewish girl here who used to run errands for a milliner, and got sick and lost her place; and she was four days on the streets without a mouthful of food, and then she went to a place just around the corner and offered herself, and they made her give up her clothes before they would give her a bite to eat!"
As Fast Company reports, with a robotic arm and a set of wheels on its base, Moxi can be pre-programmed to run errands around the hospital such as running errands around the floor or dropping off specimens for analysis at a lab.
Alphabet's (GOOGL) Waymo announced in a blog post: "We know from our early riders that most of their rides are to run errands, shop for groceries, commute to work, head to dinner or fix their personal vehicles...Riders spend a significant portion of time each week running errands and shopping.
While the recruitment process was highly competitive, my experience here has been underwhelming only two months into the internship.Most of the times I am made to run errands for colleagues, with hardly anything to learn.
Bogus paramedic Phillip Lemonheigh disguised his car as an ambulance, to run errands for his wife
She left home Thursday afternoon to run errands and was reported missing on Friday.
We kids used to run errands for the soldiers and get a few coppers as a reward.
The move came as fresh reports emerged this week of politicians using the police officers assigned to them to run errands.
Dubai Police have warned parents not to lock their children in cars and go shopping or run errands as they may suffocate in the heat.