run out of some place
run out of (something or some place)
1. To flee, exit, or depart from some place while running. People came running out of the burning building. I ran out of my office and jumped into a cab.
2. To be depleted of something; to use or sell all of something that is available. We better stop at the next exit to make sure we don't run out of gas. The store ran out of bottled water and canned food after the government issued the hurricane warning. I was going to make pancakes, but we ran out of milk.
3. To chase someone away with force or the threat of punishment. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "run" and "out." The sheriff ran the bandits out of town last winter, but it looks like they're back again. The security guard ran us out of the compound before we could make our way into the warehouse. My wife ran me out of the house when she found out that I had gambled away our life savings.
4. To operate a motor vehicle until it is depleted of fuel or oil. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "run" and "out." Tommy ran the car out of gas driving it all around town last night. You've got to be sure you don't run your boat out of oil while you're still out on the water, or you could find yourself in serious trouble.
5. To drive a motor vehicle out of some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "run" and "out." I ran the boat out of the harbor at dawn and sped off for the fishing spot my brother recommended. Everyone knows a car loses half its value the moment you run it out of the dealer's lot.
6. To cause someone or something to leave something or some place by running. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "out." The collie ran the sheep out of the field and back toward the farm. The coach ran us out of the stadium near the end of practice to go for a quick 5k run.
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run out of some place
to leave a place quickly, on foot; to flee a place. He ran out of the room as fast as he could. We ran out of the building as soon as we felt the first signs of the earthquake.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.