run down

  • 1 run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …

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  • 2 run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 3 run|down — «RUHN DOWN», noun. Informal. an account; summary: »a rundown of the week s news. The speaker gave a brief rundown on his career. run down «adjective. RUHN DOWN; noun. RUHN DOWN», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. tired; sick: »If you are generally “run… …

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  • 4 run-down — ˈrun down adjective PROPERTY a building or area that is run down is in very bad condition: • We have a contract to renovate five run down apartment buildings. * * * Ⅰ. run down UK US (also rundown) /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/ adjective ► PROPERTY …

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  • 5 run-down — adj 1.) a building or area that is run down is in very bad condition ▪ a run down inner city area 2.) [not before noun] someone who is run down is tired and not healthy ▪ You look a bit run down …

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  • 6 run down — (someone/something) 1. to search for and find someone or something. We spend a lot of money each year running down students who are out of school illegally. The software giant spent months running down bugs in the program and fixing them. The… …

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  • 7 run-down — /run down /, adj. 1. fatigued; weary; exhausted. 2. in a state of poor health: He was in a run down condition from months of overwork. 3. in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run down house. 4. (of a spring operated device) not… …

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  • 8 run-down — adjective 1. ) so tired that you do not feel well: Evie had been working too hard and was feeling run down. 2. ) in bad condition because no one has spent money on repairs: This area of San Francisco is poor and run down …

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  • 9 run down — (someone) to injure or kill someone with a vehicle. He s accused of running down two pedestrians while driving drunk. She tried to run us down! …

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  • 10 run down — ► run down 1) knoc k down with a vehicle. 2) criticize unfairly or unkindly. 3) reduce or become reduced in size or resources. 4) lose or cause to lose power; stop functioning. 5) gradually deteriorate. Main Entry: ↑run …

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  • 11 run-down — [adj] shabby, in bad shape abandoned, beat up, below par, broken down, crumbling, debilitated, decrepit, derelict, deserted, desolate, dilapidated, dingy, dogeared*, down at the heel*, drained, enervated, exhausted, fatigued, forsaken, frowzy*,… …

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  • 12 run down — (something) to use the power that makes something work. We left the car lights on and ran down the battery. I wound up the toy dog and watched it jump until it ran down …

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  • 13 run-down — [run′doun′] adj. 1. not wound and therefore not running, as a spring operated clock 2. in poor physical condition, as from overwork; debilitated 3. fallen into disrepair; dilapidated …

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  • 14 run down — index brutalize, decrease, defame, degenerate, denigrate, deplete, depreciate, derogate, diminish …

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  • 15 run-down — run′ down′ adj. 1) fatigued; exhausted 2) pat in poor health 3) in neglected or dilapidated condition 4) (of a clock, watch, etc.) not running because it is unwound • Etymology: 1675–85 …

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  • 16 run down — [v] ridicule belittle, criticize, decry, defame, denigrate, depreciate, derogate, detract, diminish, disparage, dispraise, downcry, knock*, make fun of, opprobriate, revile, speak ill of, vilify; concepts 52,54 Ant. praise …

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  • 17 run down — phrasal verb Word forms run down : present tense I/you/we/they run down he/she/it runs down present participle running down past tense ran down past participle run down 1) [transitive] to hit someone with your car and injure or kill them be/get… …

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  • 18 run-down — (The spelling rundown is also used. The adjective is pronounced [[t]rʌ̱n da͟ʊn[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]rʌ̱n daʊn[/t]].) 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If someone is run down, they are tired or slightly ill. [INFORMAL] When 23 year old… …

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  • 19 run down — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you run people or things down, you criticize them strongly. [V n P] He last night denounced the British genius for running ourselves down . [V P n (not pron)] ...that chap who was running down state schools. Syn …

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  • 20 run down — UK US run down Phrasal Verb with run({{}}/rʌn/ verb (running, ran, run) ► to gradually end an organization s, industry s, etc. operations: be run down »The country s nuclear industry is being run down. run sth down »The president had promised to… …

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