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1. Literally, to travel to someone, something, or some place by running. I ran to Janet as she stepped off the train and swept her up into my arms. I run to the courthouse and back every morning, which is about eight miles round trip. She ran to the door so that she could hide the package before John had a chance to see it.
2. To force someone or something to reach some state or condition, as a result of excessive running. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "run" and "to." The coach ran us to the point of collapse because we had been goofing off during practice. You'll run the horses to death if you're not careful—they need rest and food!
3. To flee or turn to someone to complain or ask for help. You can't just run to your rich daddy every time there's a problem in your life—you need to learn how to solve problems like these on your own. He ran to the supervisor to rat me out because he saw that I had been listening to music during work.
4. To total up to a certain amount, especially of money. Let's see, between the cost of the parts and the time it took to do the repairs, your bills runs to $250. Our account had run to the tens of thousands of dollars before the hotel finally kicked us out.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
run someone or something to something
1. to run someone or something to some extreme extent, such as death. The villain's idea was to run his victim to death by chasing him. He nearly ran his horse to death.
2. to drive someone or something to some place. Could you run me to the store? Please run these clothes to the cleaners.
run to someone or something
to travel quickly on foot to someone or something; to go to someone or something with some urgency. Mary ran to Alice and greeted her. I ran to the door and fled.
run to something
to amount to a certain amount of money. In the end, the bill ran to thousands of dollars. His account ran to more than I expected.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Amount to, as in The total will run to thousands of dollars. This usage employs run in the sense of "extend." [Mid-1500s]
2. Lean toward, favor, as in My taste runs to chocolate desserts. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s] Also see run to earth; run to form; run to seed.
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.
1. To make a brief trip somewhere, especially by motor vehicle: I'll run to the store and pick up some vegetables for dinner.
2. To amount to some maximal quantity: The bill for the flowers for the wedding ran to $900.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.