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    in the run

    What does the phrase 'in the run up to Christmas' mean
    in the following sentence?
    "Thousands of revellers head for cities and towns to enjoy extended hours in the run up to Christmas."
    Thank you.

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    Re: in the run

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan
    What does the phrase 'in the run up to Christmas' mean
    in the following sentence?
    "Thousands of revellers head for cities and towns to enjoy extended hours in the run up to Christmas."
    Thank you.
    run up to Christmas - approaching Christmas, coming close to Xmas, etc



    also run up is a phrasal verb :)


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    #3

    Re: in the run

    Thank you very much. Is 'run up to...' a British expression?

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    #4

    Re: in the run

    It's used i both British and American English, I believe. I did a Google search for it and some of the entries are American:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search
    We definitely use it in the UK.


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    Re: in the run

    Thank you very much, tdol, for the kind effort.
    I appreciate it very much.

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