be on the run(redirected from were on the run)
be on the run
1. To be fleeing the police or other authorities, typically after having committed a crime. The police have been unsuccessful in their search of the city, so the suspects must be on the run.
2. To be involved in constant activity. I'm sorry I didn't call you back, I was really on the run today.
3. To be in a vulnerable position. This team is on the run—will they really come back from a five-goal deficit?