run on

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Verb[edit]

run on

  1. (idiomatic) To continue without interruption
    We can't afford for the performance to run on for more than the specified time.
  2. (idiomatic) To continue talking for a long time.
    She ran on and wouldn't let anyone get a word in edgeways.
  3. To operate with a particular energy source.
    This car runs on bio-alcohol.
  4. To make numerous drafts or demands for payment, as upon a bank.
    • 2009, Heidi Mandanis Schooner, ‎Michael W. Taylor, Global Bank Regulation: Principles and Policies (page 27)
      Accordingly, depositors may run on a bank upon the receipt of adverse economic news that induces them to revise their assessment of a bank's soundness.
  5. (printing, historical) To carry on or continue (e.g. the type for a new sentence) without making a break or commencing a new paragraph.
  6. (transitive, dated) To press with jokes or ridicule; to abuse with sarcasm; to bear hard on.