To run down


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To run down To cease to work or operate on account of the exhaustion of the motive power; -- said of clocks, watches, etc.
    • To run down (Hunting) To chase till the object pursued is captured or exhausted; as, to run down a stag
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  • Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss
    “My worst fear is that I'll end up living in some run-down duplex on Wilshire wearing pants hiked up to my nipples and muttering under my breath.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”


In literature:

It did not take me two minutes to run down the grass path, and there were the Sunflowers.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Often before this he had run till he felt tired, and then lain down to rest.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Coming out of the projector and running down to the ground were black wires, which led to a metallic box a few feet away.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
They will have to run like hares, or else be shot down to a man.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
Then she turned to find to her dismay that her companion was sitting in a low-armed chair with tears running down her cheeks.
"The Search" by Grace Livingston Hill
Then Nolan, according to prearranged plan, suggested that he and Eveley run down and put the car in the garage.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
The first thing we did was to run the boat down and leave her nearly afloat.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Its use is to prevent the water from running down between decks.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I have run down to-day in a great hurry, and I am very anxious to see Caroline.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
They had no more than rounded the point when they heard the men come running down to the creek.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Nor did they seem afraid to come running down the open road.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Be thankful that he's here, that he's promised to run down the guilty man.
"No Clue" by James Hay
That buckskin would have to be fairly run down.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
I must run down to my uncle's, but I will not go up to you if you think it better not.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
I'd better just run down to the beach, and have a private word in his ears, as soon as he lands, about to-morrow.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
You run down to the corner grocery and get some tea and a little cream.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
He forgot his weakness, and started to run down the bank, in the direction whence the sound proceeded.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
He had to force down an overwhelming desire to run after it.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
The children were thirsty, but they did not dare to run down to the river for a drink.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
She could run down to the postoffice.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas

In poetry:

I felt sorry for old Mistus;
She got too full to speak;
But I saw the great big tear-drops
A running down her cheek.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Yes, in a silent place and deep --
There did it dance and run,
And sometimes it lay down to sleep
Or sprang into the sun.
"The Name" by Anna Hempstead Branch
There runs a road by Merrow Down—
A grassy track to-day it is—
An hour out Guildford town,
Above the river Wey it is.
"Merrow Down" by Rudyard Kipling
And quickly with a silent crew
A boat is ready to pursue;
And from the shore their course they take,
And swiftly down the running lake
They follow the blind Boy.
"Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803" by William Wordsworth
Down the long roll of History will run
The story of these deeds, and speed his race
Beneath defeat more hotly to embrace
The noble cause and trust to another sun.
"The Century Of Garibaldi" by George Meredith
The moon shines down on the ghostly night,
But pale and dim is its faint, far light,
And now to the island the boat draws near
(My veins run cold with fear!),
And the shadows spring to the magic shore —
"A Ballad Of Sin" by George Sylvester Viereck

In news:

So I'm about to run them down I hope they rhyme .
Johan Santana used to be a yearly contender for the Cy Young Award, but he's been shut down after allowing at least six runs in each of his past five starts.
Pregnant woman who tried to run down officer shot, killed.
A 35-year-old Athens man remained hospitalized Thursday following charges that he tried to run down an officer during a chase two days earlier.
Jenna Prandini Hopes to Run Down History at State Track Meet.
Man accused of trying to run down Rep Katherine Harris.
Police in Sarasota, Florida, arrested a man accused of trying to run down Rep Katherine Harris and her supporters with a car Tuesday, a police spokesman said.
Mayor Lee Stuart is accused of trying to run down is ex-wife.
Earlham's Tomlinson invited to run Down Under.
Man tries to run down 2 others when they won't sell him drugs.
Lawmen say a 19-year-old Santa Rosa Beach man tried to run down one man with his car and struck another after they would not sell him drugs.
Man Tries to Run Down Officer, Shot by Police in Washington.
The Run Down of Good Fortune Click to enlarge.
Day care worker allegedly tries to run down parishioners in Jamaica Plain.
Albertine was ordered to demolish the run down garage and fill in the empty pool within 30 days by Judge Mark Jordan.

In science:

As we run down in energies from above the PQ scale, fa , passing the SUSY breaking scale, MSUSY , to below the QCD scale, ΛQCD , we pass through various effective theories that describe the relevant degrees of freedom at that energy.
Saxion Emission from SN1987A
The two cases quickly settle down to roughly the same state after about 50 µs, and by the end of the calculation (250 µs), the plot of velocity as a function of height does not show much difference between the two runs.
Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes
With the full Run II dataset the inclusive distribution should extend out to ET > 600 GeV, allowing us to pin down the high-ET behaviour of the cross section and providing tighter constraints on the gluon PDF. (Recall that the gluon at high x is one of the least wellconstrained PDF’s).
Summary and Highlights of the 14th Topical Conference on Hadron Collider Physics (HCP2002)
It is important to stress that, if below this scale there are LF and CP violating Yukawa interactions, in the running down to mSUSY they nevertheless induce a small amount of LF and CP violations in slepton masses.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
If the particle starts from outside the well, at small σ it will at once run down from its starting region towards the absorbing barrier and its mean escape time will be approximately equal to the escape time of a deterministic particle.
Coexistence of resonant activation and noise enhanced stability in a model of tumor-host interaction: Statistics of extinction times
Most of these simulations are quite young, but there has been a recent effort to run the simulations out to t = 2300 yr (Keegan and Downes, 2005).
Molecular Outflows in Low- and High-Mass Star Forming Regions
At a high-luminosity linear collider running in a low-energy mode at the W+W− threshold, a reduction of the experimental error down to δMW = 6 MeV can be envisaged .
Complete fermionic two-loop results for the M_W-M_Z interdependence
We now want to run the diagonal coupling down to a scale µ which is below the mass of the lowest KK mode.
Exact Results in 5D from Instantons and Deconstruction
Compared to the NW run the simulation with c⋆ = 0.1 has gas temperatures which decline inwards by a factor ∼ 10 from ∼ 100K pc down to r ∼ 10K pc.
Numerical Convergence of Hydrodynamical SPH Simulations of Cooling Clusters
At the LHC, an error of δMW ≈ 15 MeV can be expected , while a high-luminosity linear collider running in a low-energy mode at the W+W− threshold could reach a reduction of the experimental error down to δMW ≈ 6 MeV .
Electroweak two-loop corrections to the MW-MZ mass correlation in the Standard Model
The volume VQ enters in the running of SU (3) × SU (2) × U (1) standard model gauge couplings from very high energies down to the energies of accelerators.
Proton Decay in Intersecting D-brane Models
In this way, we don’t have to worry about the cu running up and down the whole time, it just moves to its neighbour, costing a maximum of 3 swap operations.
Deriving a Fault-Tolerant Threshold for a Global Control Scheme
Therefore, the efficiency of the vertex spectrometer has been computed with the highest possible granularity (down to the single-pixel level, when track statistics is large enough) and on a run-per-run basis.
J/psi production in p-A collisions at 158 and 400 GeV: recent results from the NA60 experiment
We assume here that the QD0s and solenoid will be run down, and that the time will be approximately equal to the charging time for the solenoid, which is 3 hours.
SiD Letter of Intent
The condition (1 − |Du|)v = 0 corresponds to require that the matter runs down only in the region where the slope of the heaps is maximal.
A nonhomogeneous boundary value problem in mass transfer theory