run out

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run out (plural run outs)

  1. Alternative spelling of runout


run out (third-person singular simple present runs out, present participle running out, simple past ran out, past participle run out)

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To use up; to consume all of something.
    If this hot weather continues, we will run out of ice cream.
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England keeper Joe Hart had to save smartly from the dangerous Andriy Yarmolenko, who also raised the hopes of the Donetsk crowd as he evaded several challenges in the area before running out of space.
  2. (intransitive) To expire, to come to an end.
    My driving licence runs out next week, so I had better renew it now.
    The option will run out next week and I can't get it extended.
    • 2011 April 11, Phil McNulty, “Liverpool 3 - 0 Man City”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Mario Balotelli replaced Tevez but his contribution was so negligible that he suffered the indignity of being substituted himself as time ran out, a development that encapsulated a wretched 90 minutes for City and boss Roberto Mancini.
  3. (cricket) To get a batsman out via a run out (see above); or, to be got out in this way. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. (transitive) To extend a piece of material, or clothing.
    If I run out these curtains, they will fit the windows in the drawing room.
  5. (intransitive) To conclude in, to end up
    • 2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers”, in BBC Sport[3]:
      Tottenham survived a scare as they fought back from 1-0 down to run out comfortable winners against Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.

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