Phrasal Verbs with 'Run'

Run across

Meet or find accidentally

Example: I RAN ACROSS an old friend in the library.

Run after

Chase, pursue

Example: The police RAN AFTER the guy who'd stolen it, but he was too fast for them.

Run after

Try to become romantically involved with someone

Example: He was RUNNING AFTER her for ages never managed to get a date.

Run against

Oppose, make difficulties

Example: Opinion is RUNNING AGAINST his policies and he has very little support.

Run along

Go away, leave (often as an imperative)

Example: They kept disturbing him, so he told them to RUN ALONG and leave him in peace.

Run around

Be very busy doing many things

Example: I'm exhausted- I've been RUNNING AROUND all day.

Run away

Escape from people chasing you

Example: He RAN AWAY from his attackers.

Run away

Leave home because of problems with other family members or to elope

Example: She RAN AWAY to avoid a forced marriage.

Run down

Hit a pedestrian with a vehicle

Example: The minicab RAN him DOWN on the zebra crossing.

Run down

Lose energy or power

Example: You should only recharge the battery when it has fully RUN DOWN.

Run down

Criticise, disparage

Example: They're always RUNNING me DOWN and I am sick and tired of it.

Run down

Find the source or origin of something

Example: The police RAN DOWN all the leads they had and caught them.

Run for

Campaign for a position

Example: She's thinking about RUNNING FOR the presidency.

Run in

Arrest, take to police station for questioning

Example: They RAN him IN last night.

Run in

Drive a new car carefully in order not to damage the engine

Example: She RAN the car IN for a thousand miles.

Run in

Pay a casual visit

Example: We RAN IN and chatted for an hour.

Run in


Example: He RAN a graph IN next to the text.

Run into


Example: The project has RUN INTO millions of dollars without any prospect of a return on this investment.

Run into

Meet by accident

Example: I RAN INTO James in a bar in the City on Friday.

Run off

Make photocopies

Example: Could you RUN OFF two hundred copies of this report, please.

Run on

Be powered by

Example: The van RUNS ON diesel.

Run out of

Have none left

Example: We've RUN OUT OF sugar; I'm going to the shops for some.

Run over

Explain quickly

Example: Could you RUN OVER that point again; I'm afraid I didn't quite understand it.

Run over

Hit with a vehicle

Example: The driver couldn't stop in time and RAN the fox OVER when it ran in front of his car.

Run over

Exceed a time limit

Example: The meeting RAN OVER by twenty minutes.

Run through

Practise a dramatic work like a play quickly

Example: The cast RAN THROUGH the play the day before it opened to the public.

Run through

Stab or wound deeply with a knife, sword, etc.

Example: The musketeer RAN his enemy THROUGH with a sword and killed him.

Run to

Go to someone for help

Example: Whenever he gets into debt, he RUNS TO his parents for help.

Run to

Include in things you like

Example: His musical tastes RUN TO the Residents, who are hated by most people.

Run to

Have enough money to buy something, often negative

Example: Things are a bit tight and won't RUN TO going abroad for a holiday.

Run up

Move quickly to where someone is

Example: He RAN UP next to me and started shouting.

Run up

Hoist, raise a flag

Example: They RAN UP the Union Jack.

Run up

Do or make something very quickly

Example: He RAN UP a few examples for them to look at.

Run up

Spend a lot of money on credit

Example: He RAN UP a lot of bills at the hotel.

Run up against

Encounter problems, often unexpected

Example: They RAN UP AGAINST a lot of opposition to the construction.

Run up on

Approach someone without their knowing

Example: Robert was sitting in his car and a guy RAN UP ON him and shot through the car but missed.

Run with

Keep company, normally bad

Example: She RUNS WITH some dodgy characters.