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run off with (one)

1. To flee or depart very suddenly and hurriedly along with one. Harry ran off 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."
See also: off, run

run off with (something)

1. To flee with something that one has stolen. The kid ran off 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 off with the game after they got that interception in the third quarter. The whole production was great, but the woman who played Harriet ran off with the show, if you ask me.
See also: off, run
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

run off with someone or something

1. to take someone or something away, possibly running. (See also run off (with someone).) Fred ran off with Ken. They'll be back in a minute. Who ran off with my dictionary?
2. to capture and take away someone or something; to steal someone or something. The kidnappers ran off with little Valerie. The kids ran off with a whole box of candy, and the storekeeper is going to press charges.
See also: off, run
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

run off with

1. Make off with; see run away with, def. 1.
2. Capture or carry off, as in The debaters ran off with the state championship.
See also: off, run
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.
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