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run up

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  1. runup, run-upnoun

    a substantial increase over a relatively short period of time

    "a runup in interest rates"; "market runups are followed by corrections"

  2. run-upverb

    the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed

  3. run upverb

    pile up (debts or scores)

  4. hoist, run upverb


    "hoist the flags"; "hoist a sail"

  5. sew, run up, sew together, stitchverb

    fasten by sewing; do needlework

  6. chalk up, run upverb

    accumulate as a debt

    "he chalked up $100 in the course of the evening"

  7. run upverb

    make by sewing together quickly

    "run up a skirt"


  1. run upnoun

    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

  2. run upverb

    of a bowler, to run, or walk up to the bowling crease in order to bowl a ball

  3. run upverb

    To bring a flag to the top of its flag pole

  4. run upverb

    To make something, usually an item of clothing, very quickly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of run up in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of run up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of run up in a Sentence

  1. John McCain:

    But I have to tell you ... the power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career. All I can do is appeal to the patron saint of lost causes and keep pressing and pressing and sooner or later you have to succeed.

  2. Meghan Markle:

    Look at the publicity she has brought in run up to the wedding. I’d argue that’s worth every penny.

  3. Dorothy L. Sayers:

    The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity so have some little frocks but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.

  4. Jeff Thomson:

    I think Jasprit Bumrah is very, very interesting. He runs off a very short run-up. He jogs and then bowls with a very short run. He has got straight arms. His bowling is not textbook by any means, but it works. He is very different from other pace bowlers, which reminds me of another fast bowler of my era, who was very different from everyone else

  5. Clark Hoyt:

    He earned the trust and respect of those he was covering but never lost his ear for false notes, as shown by his contributions to Knight Ridder’s skeptical reporting on the run up to the Iraq war.

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