The following idioms and expressions use the verb ‘run’. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with ‘run‘.

1.dry run

(noun) a trial of something, a rehearsal of something before it happens.
I think we should make a few dry runs before we give the presentation.
Let’s do just one more dry run before we give it a try!

2.in the long run

(prepositional phrase) eventually, over time
Many people find that they actually do want to have children in the long run.
In the long run, we’ll be able to win the contract and keep his business.

3.make a run for it

(verb phrase) to run as quickly as you can through the rain or other bad weather; to try to escape
It’s pouring done rain. Let’s make a run for it and get to the car.
The thieves made a run for it, but the policemen were able to catch up and arrest them.

4.make someone’s blood run cold

(verb phrase) to frighten someone so badly they feel a chill of anticipation of the worst.
Seeing her makes my blood run cold. I wish she would leave.
His blood will run cold if he hears that story.

5.get off to a running start

(verb phrase) to start a project or event quickly and efficiently.
If we do our research, we’ll get off to a running start.
I think this semester has gotten off to a running start.

6.run around in circles

(verb phrase) waste time, not progress in what you want to do.
It feels like we’re just running around in circles.
It took a few days of running around in circles before I took care of everything.

7.run a fever

(verb phrase) have a temperature that is very high.
We should go to the emergency room as she’s running a fever.
I think I might be running a fever. Could you get a thermometer?

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