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    Arrow Run <Up> A Deficit

    "Run up a deficit" and "run a deficit" both loosely mean "spend more than earn." But does "up" make no difference whatsoever?

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    Re: Run <Up> A Deficit

    Quote Originally Posted by EricaWW View Post
    "Run up a deficit" and "run a deficit" both loosely mean "spend more than earn." But does "up" make no difference whatsoever?
    No difference for me.

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    Re: Run <Up> A Deficit

    When I hear "run a deficit" I think that they spend more than they have in income. "Run up the deficit" would be to make the deficit even larger than it had previously been.

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    Re: Run <Up> A Deficit

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    When I hear "run a deficit" I think that they spend more than they have in income. "Run up the deficit" would be to make the deficit even larger than it had previously been.
    Good points. Context would help and I would infer a slight difference between "run up a deficit" (original post) and your "run up the deficit".

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