run up

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

  1. (cricket) of a bowler, to run, or walk up to the bowling crease in order to bowl a ball.
  2. (idiomatic) To bring a flag to the top of its flag pole.
  3. (idiomatic) To make something, usually an item of clothing, very quickly.
    I'll run you up a skirt for tomorrow evening.
  4. (idiomatic) To accumulate a debt.
    He ran up over $5,000 in unpaid bills.
  5. To rise; to swell; to grow; to increase.
    Accounts of goods credited run up very fast.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      But these, having been untrimmed for many years, had run up into great bushes, or rather dwarf trees.
  6. To thrust up, as anything long and slender.
  7. To erect hastily, as a building.

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run up (plural run ups)

  1. (cricket) the action of running up; the area of the pitch used by the bowler to run up, the start of which he marks with a small marker

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