on the run

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on the run (not generally comparable, comparative more on the run, superlative most on the run)

  1. (idiomatic) Fleeing.
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55: 
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
    The suspect in the robbery is still on the run.
  2. (idiomatic) At a disadvantage; forced to abandon a position.
    The corruption charges against her aides have her on the run.
  3. (idiomatic) Constantly traveling or moving from place to place.
    She's a busy executive and always on the run.

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on the run (not generally comparable, comparative more on the run, superlative most on the run)

  1. In a very hurried manner, usually while doing another activity.
    I only had half an hour for lunch, and I had to go to the bank as well as collect the car from the garage. This meant I had to eat on the run today.

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