[Phrases] Idioms Related To ‘Run’

Hi all! Before we learn some new phrases, let’s check the answer of the last episode. The right answer is C : “Could I please see a menu?”

Learning a language can be like running a marathon- we need to keep training and learning before we improve, so today let’s focus on idioms about RUN! And here are the phrases.

1. Run around in circles

to waste time, not progress in what you want to do

  • The discussion kept running around in circles.
  • I’ve been running around in circles trying to get all the reports finished before the meeting.

2. Make someone’s blood run cold

to shock or horrify someone

  • The screams coming from the old, dark house made my blood run cold.
  • The terrible story in the newspaper made my blood run cold.


3. Dry run

a trial of something or an occasion when you practise a particular activity or performance

  • The day before the trial, the lawyers tried a dry run of the closing arguments.
  • We had a dry run of the ceremony yesterday.


4. Run out of steam

to suddenly lose the energy or interest to continue doing what you are doing

  • After spending hours working on this project, I’m running out of steam.
  • Toward the end of the lecture, he seemed to run out of steam.


5. Run a tight ship

be very strict in managing an organization or operation

  • Jane sure ran a tight ship around here. The department has devolved into chaos without her leadership.
  • Billy was running a tight ship and didn’t waste time on small talk.



I think we should make a few _______  before we give the presentation.

A. ran a tight ship                 B. dry runs

C. run around in circles      D. ran out of steam


And make a sentence with the phrase above!

Don’t forget to leave your comments below. See you next time!

Look forward to your reply!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Scroll to Top