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run down

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  1. creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegoneadjective

    worn and broken down by hard use

    "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack"

  2. run-downverb

    having the spring unwound

    "a run-down watch"

  3. run down, check outverb


    "We are running down a few tips"

  4. run downverb

    move downward

    "The water ran down"

  5. run down, run oververb

    injure or kill by running over, as with a vehicle

  6. poop out, peter out, run down, run out, conk outverb

    use up all one's strength and energy and stop working

    "At the end of the march, I pooped out"

  7. scan, skim, rake, glance over, run downverb

    examine hastily

    "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"

  8. run down, exhaust, play out, sap, tireverb


    "exhaust one's savings"; "We quickly played out our strength"

  9. run downverb

    pursue until captured

    "They ran down the fugitive"


  1. run downverb

    To hit someone with a car or other vehicle and injure or kill them.

  2. run downverb

    To criticize someone or an organisation, often unfairly.

  3. run downverb

    To find something or someone after searching for a long time.

  4. run downverb

    To lose power slowly. Used for a machine, battery, or other powered device.

  5. run downverb

    To read quickly a list or other short text.

  6. run downverb

    To reduce the size or stock levels of a business, often with a view to closure.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of run down in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of run down in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of run down in a Sentence

  1. Ashley Rodgers:

    My daughter was laying on the bed sleeping and I went to take my son to the bathroom, we heard a sound upstairs and we see a raccoon run down the steps. PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BILL TO REMOVE BULLETPROOF GLASS FROM STOREFRONTS.

  2. Officer James Cornelius:

    I couldn’t really run down the street.

  3. Patrick Lynch:

    Weve had police officers trying to stop looters and theyve been knocked down, theyve been run down, and some of them have almost been shot down. Thats exactly whats happening on the street, watch the video, watchthe security cameras, venture in and see what happens.

  4. Group Treasurer Dixit Joshi:

    We have no need for a fire sale given the quality of the assets and the run-down profile.

  5. Nico Rosberg:

    With the new start situation, and we're having to do everything ourselves now, there's a lot more opportunity tomorrow even at the start, on the run down to turn five here it is possible to overtake so my hopes are for sure still alive.

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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. bowel
    • B. bias
    • C. disguise
    • D. witness

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