run up on (someone or something)(redirected from run up on them)
run up on (someone or something)
1. To approach someone very quickly, especially with the intent of attacking them. A protestor ran up on the politician and threw a banana cream pie in his face. The officer ran up on the suspect's car with his firearm drawn.
2. To approach someone or something inevitably or unavoidably, especially in a way that seems faster than would be desired. The deadline was running up on us, and we still didn't have a working prototype to show the boss. I've never liked Sundays. You can always feel Monday running up on you, and it just spoils the rest of the day.
3. In sports, to score a much larger number of points against one's opponent than is needed to win. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "run" and "up." After pulling ahead in the third quarter, the team spent the rest of the game running it up on their cross-town rivals. We knew we weren't going to win against them, so our main goal was to not let them run the score up on us.
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