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See also: rundown and run down




  1. (of a person) Tired and exhausted.
  2. (of a place) Decrepit.
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page xiii, Preface:
      In the Seventies the system was run-down and demoralised. Road transport was the future, the Underground was being 'managed for decline', and the system was filthier than the streets above.
    • 2020 August 26, “Network News: Stations investment boosts regeneration, says report”, in Rail, page 17:
      Among its findings, the report says: "In recent years we have seen more stations transformed from run-down Victorian hulks, or spartan bus-sheltered platforms, into places that people can take pride in, feel comfortable in using, and which are fulfilling more of their wider potential.
  3. (of a clockwork mechanism) Having the spring unwound.


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run-down (plural run-downs)

  1. Alternative form of rundown