run in

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

run in (plural run ins)

  1. Alternative spelling of run-in.

Verb[edit]

run in

  1. (transitive, idiomatic, informal) To arrest.
    The guys who robbed the bank last week have finally been run in.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic, UK) To drive a car carefully when it is new so the engine is not damaged in any way.
    I have to drive slowly for the first 1,000 miles to run the engine in.
  3. (rugby) To score (a try)
    • 2011 September 16, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan”, BBC Sport:
      Toeava went over unopposed to stretch his side's lead but Japan got on the scoreboard on 56 minutes, wing Hirotoki Onozawa intercepting an attempted offload from Slade, who had a rather flaky game, and running in from the All Blacks' 10m line.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The "arrest" sense is most commonly found in the passive form.

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