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run away with the idea

To take a fantastical or unrealistic idea as something that is definitely true or destined to happen. His book appeared on a local bestseller list, and now he's run away with the idea of being a famous author. Local tabloids are running away with the idea of the mayor being a part of a big conspiracy.
See also: away, idea, run
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run aˈway with the idea/notion

(spoken) believe something that is not true: Don’t run away with the idea that you’re going to be famous just because you’ve appeared on television once.
See also: away, idea, notion, run
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But running away with the idea that one of the most violent, ugly, destitute and blood-stained parts of Belfast was a great place to educate the peace-loving young was going a million miles too far.
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