run like a dry creek

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Etymology[edit]

A pun on two senses of run: to flow (as in "running water") and to stand for election.

Verb[edit]

run like a dry creek

  1. (simile, US, colloquial, politics) To run for political office with little chance of success.
    • 1952, LIFE (volume 33, number 10, page 49)
      The Scripps-Howard newspapers, which are supporting Eisenhower, criticized Ike for "running like a dry creek."
    • 2009, W. J. Rorabaugh, The Real Making of the President
      One Illinois delegate said, "I saw Lodge on television today, and he'll run like a dry creek."