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- Used other than as an idiom: see run, around.
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To be very busy doing many different things.
- I don't want to run around all week getting everything ready for the holidays.
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To go from place to place.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- “A very welcome, kind, useful present, that means to the parish. By the way, Hopkins, let this go no further. We don't want the tale running round that a rich person has arrived. Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. […]”
- (rail transport, of a locomotive) To move from one end of the consist to the other, so as to pull the train in the opposite direction.
- (slang) To cheat; to be unfaithful to a romantic partner.
- (tennis, of a forehand or a backhand) To change one's position on the court to hit a forehand rather than a backhand, or visa-versa.
- (?): run about
to be very busy