on the run

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

on the run

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see on,‎ run.
    The skier's wife had the baby while he was still on the run.
  2. (idiomatic) Fleeing.
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in 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.
  3. (idiomatic) At a disadvantage; forced to abandon a position.
    The corruption charges against her aides have her on the run.
  4. (idiomatic) Constantly traveling or moving from place to place.
    She's a busy executive and always on the run.
    He had to eat on the run.