run over

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

  1. (idiomatic) To exceed the allotted time.
    The previous presentation ran over and ours had to start late.
  2. (transitive) To cross by running.
    The athletes must run over the bridge to reach the finish line.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To drive over, causing injury or death.
    Can you believe somebody would just run over a cat like that?
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To describe briefly; to summarize or recapitulate.
    Before we start the project, let's just run over who is doing what.
  5. (transitive, idiomatic) To rehearse quickly.
    You'd better run over your statement before going on the platform.
  6. (transitive, intransitive) To overflow.
    The bath water nearly ran over.
  7. (rugby) To score a try.
    • 2010 December 31, “Magners League: Cardiff Blues 27-25 Osprey”, in BBC[1]:
      Andrew Bishop then ran over in the closing stages, but it was too late.
  8. (engineering) To have rotation in such direction that the crank pin traverses the upper, or front, half of its path in the forward, or outward, stroke; said of a crank which drives, or is driven by, a reciprocating piece.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The verb and the particle are generally inseparable, even when the object is a pronoun.
    • However in the sense of "to drive over", the pair is usually separated: An old lady in a tiny car ran him over the other day.