Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
To be or act very intimidated, panicked, or as if one is fleeing or giving up. Ever since the scandal broke, the senator has been running scared in the polls. Seeing you knock the heavyweight champion out in three rounds is sure to have all your other competition running scared.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
to behave as if one were going to fail. The mayor was running scared, but won anyway. When we lost that big contract, everyone in the office was running scared. We thought we'd be fired.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Become intimidated or frightened. For example, The polls don't look too good for our candidate and he's running scared, or The shrinking market has many businesses running scared. [Mid-1900s]
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.
in. to act panicked. Don’t panic. There is no reason to run scared.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.