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    #1

    take off running

    Hi,
    Yesterday I was looking for a expression that meant "to suddenly start running" and now, just by chance, I bumped into this sentence:
    The police just pulled up behind him and he took off running. Does the expression mean what I am looking for? Can I use it informally?
    thanks.


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    Re: take off running

    It does express that and you can use it informally, within the right context.

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    #3

    Re: take off running

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It does express that and you can use it informally, within the right context.
    Thanks.

    I have just found a more interesting sentence with this expression: As the train pulled out of the station, one of the other mothers took off running behind it, trying to catch the train and stop it.

    Could you explain what does "took off running behind it" mean, please? I think I've got the idea but I just want to make sure.

    Thanks again.


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    Re: take off running

    She started to run after the train, hoping to stop it

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