runner

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run + -er.

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runner (plural runners)

  1. Agent noun of run; somebody who runs:
    1. Somebody who moves at a fast pace.
      The first runner to cross the finish line wins the race.
    2. Somebody who controls or manages (e.g. a system).
      • 1998 June 12th, Daniel Jonathan Kirk (username), tipping competitions, in aus.legal, Usenet:
        [] at least half of which would be put into the pool for the winner, the rest kept for the runners of the system to cover costs and more than likely make a fair profit.
  2. (slang) A quick escape away from a scene.
    He did a runner after robbing the drugstore
  3. A type of soft-soled shoe originally intended for runners, compare trainer; a sneaker.
  4. A part of an apparatus that moves quickly
    After the cycle completes, the runner travels back quickly to be in place for the next cycle.
  5. A mechanical part intended for wheels to run on or to slide against another surface.
  6. A strip of fabric used to decorate a table.
    The red runner makes the table so festive.
  7. A long, narrow carpet for a high traffic area such as a hall or stairs.
    How about we put down a clear runner in the front hall.
  8. (cricket) A player who runs for a batsman who is too injured to run; he is dressed exactly as the injured batsman, and carries a bat.
  9. (baseball) A player who runs the bases.
    The runner was out at second.
  10. (Australian rules football) A person (from one or the other team) who runs out onto the field during the game to take verbal instructions from the coach to the players. A runner mustn't interfere with play, and may have to wear an identifying shirt to make clear his or her purpose on the field.
  11. (slang) A part of a cigarette that is burning unevenly.
  12. (botany) A long stolon sent out by a plant (such as strawberry), in order to root new plantlets.
  13. (climbing) A short sling with a karabiner on either end, used to link the climbing rope to a bolt or other protection such as a nut or friend.
  14. (poker slang) A competitor in a poker tournament.
  15. A restaurant employee responsible for taking food from the kitchens to the tables.
  16. A leaping food fish (Elagatis pinnulatis) of Florida and the West Indies; the skipjack, shoemaker, or yellowtail.
  17. (sports slang) An employee of a sports agent who tries to recruit possible player clients for the agent.
    • Freeman, Mike, "Runners' world: Union boss Smith's noble idea likely stuck at the start", CBSSports.com, February 25, 2012. Retrieved on March 19, 2014.
      This week hundreds of NFL agents gathered to hear an honorable man talk about a noble pipedream. It was a discussion about a significant step to end one of the cornerstones of corruption in college football: runners. Not the backs getting their 40 times tested at the scouting combine but the slimeball trolls who work on behalf of agents to help recruit — a generous word — football prospects by illegally giving them cash (or cars or money for family members or rent for a nice house) so the player then signs with the agent upon turning pro.

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