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run up

1. verb To hoist or raise something, especially a flag. A noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "up." Make sure the flag does not touch the ground as you run it up in the mornings.
2. verb To accumulate a large bill or debt that one is obliged to pay. We ran up a huge bill staying in that luxury resort in Las Vegas, but Jake insisted on paying for it. Apparently, he ran up a lot of credit card debts that he couldn't pay off, so he slipped across the border to Canada.
3. verb To cause the value of something to increase. A noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "up." News of the company doubling production of their very popular tablet device has run their shares up to record highs.
4. verb To run and stop in front of someone or something. I just saw the neighbor kid run up and ring our doorbell. She ran up to me and gave me a huge hug.
5. verb In sports, to continue adding to one's score despite an assured victory due to a large lead, a practice considered poor sportsmanship. They're already ahead by 30, and now they're just running up the score.
6. noun An increase, perhaps a rapid or sudden one. Experts are attributing the run-up in price to a sudden surge in demand.
7. noun The period of time before an event or occurrence. There was no shortage of predictions in the run-up to the election.
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run up against (something)

To encounter something problematic, difficult, or encumbering, especially suddenly or unexpectedly. We're running up against an issue with the app's ability to access the server when signing a user in to their account. Just be aware that you're likely to run up against some resistance from your opponent's old cronies.
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run something up

1. Lit. to raise or hoist something, such as a flag. Harry ran the flag up the flagpole each morning. Will you please run up the flag today?
2. Fig. to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities. A rumor about higher earnings ran the price of the computer stocks up early in the afternoon. They ran up the price too high.
3. Fig. to accumulate indebtedness. I ran up a huge phone bill last month. Walter ran up a bar bill at the hotel that made his boss angry.
4. to stitch something together quickly. She's very clever. I'm sure she can run up a costume for you. The seamstress ran up a party dress in one afternoon.
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run up (to someone or something)

to run as far as someone or something and stop; to run to the front of someone or something. I ran up to the mailman and said hello to him. I ran up and said hello.
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run up

1. Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]
2. Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]
3. Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]
4. Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, "Let's try this out." The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.
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run up

1. To cause some debt to accumulate: Don't run up such a big bill next time you go out to eat! He has been running a large debt up for months.
2. To increase some value: The craze for this company's stock will run up its price. The bidders ran the price up to $100.
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n. a movement upward in the value of one or more securities. (Securities markets.) The market’s had a good run-up in the past week.
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Healthy investor optimism that has led to the recent run-up in prices may continue over the medium-term as the local economy's prospects outshine the rest of the region, especially as its story of economic gains from low oil prices remains intact," F.
Witnesses said the driver pulled out of two run-ups before crashing into the clubhouse at around 70mph on a third attempt, the Daily Telegraph said.
In July, the IMF warned similarly rapid debt run-ups have been associated with financial crises in other countries.
au, Gooch said that it is a frustrating scenario as the batsmen are not getting time in the middle to wipe out their 'cobwebs' and the bowlers are not being able to iron out any little flaws in their run-ups and get their rhythm.
Several hours of rain, and then wet bowlers' run-ups frustrated the tourists yesterday - after captain Alastair Cook (154no) and Michael Carberry (153no) had piled up 318-0 on day one.
Not only will you be unable to perform aircraft run-ups, you may have to tear down parts of the aircraft to access a hard-to-reach area where the tool landed.
The increase in start-ups and small-business hiring was more pronounced in areas with high run-ups in home values.
It provides a safe and convenient location for ground run-ups while minimising the acoustic impact of the engine tests on the nearby communities of Funza and Fontibon.
The EU leaders also laid out a new "fiscal compact" to prevent future debt run-ups and accelerated the start of a planned permanent 500 billion euro rescue fund.
A pilot reported observing the accident pilot perform about eight engine run-ups prior to departure.
The batsmen were soon out in the nets, with Kevin Pietersen taking on the bowling machine, while England's attack, such as Stuart Broad, were testing out their run-ups before the series begins in earnest.
Exxon Mobil continues to be well managed, but also continues to benefit from oil price run-ups that are not reflective of company or individual performance," ISS said in a report issued last week.
A new facility is to be built at Vancouver International Airport to minimise noise from engine run-ups that are conducted as part of regular aircraft maintenance work, the Vancouver Airport Authority announced on Tuesday.
Maybe the covering system at the grounds is something that the counties can continue to look at because to me the number one priority is trying to keep the wicket dry and the second priority is the bowlers' run-ups.
After Sunday's match was abandoned seven balls into the England reply, last night's day/night clash went the same way at 8pm local time after officials ruled that the bowlers' run-ups were waterlogged.