run off

Definitions

  • Running off with the pie
    Running off with the pie
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v run off decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff
    • v run off reproduce by xerography
    • v run off force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings "Drive away potential burglars","drive away bad thoughts","dispel doubts","The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
    • v run off leave suddenly and as if in a hurry "The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas","When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out"
    • v run off run off as waste "The water wastes back into the ocean"
    • v run off run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along "The thief made off with our silver","the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
    • v run off run away secretly with one's beloved "The young couple eloped and got married in Las Vegas"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Run off to cause to flow out: to take impressions of, to print: to repeat, recount
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Two dogs strive for a bone and the third one runs off with it.”
  • Nancy Mitford
    Nancy Mitford
    “An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off: it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead.”
  • Wendell Parsons
    Wendell Parsons
    “You can get something done in a short time with fear, but in the long run it just doesn't pay off.”

Idioms

Run off your feet - If you are run off your feet, you are extremely busy and don't have enough time to do everything.
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Run your mouth off - If someone runs their mouth off, they talk too much.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rinnan; Ger. rennen, Ice. renna, to run.

Usage

In literature:

This water that flows through our streams is sometimes called the run-off.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
He had run off, up the mountain again, and we couldn't catch him.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
I never did try to run off, but some of 'em did.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
This causes the very opposite effect from that desired, for the spur runs off diagonally, as in Fig.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
We'll all get off and run beside the sleds.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
Most of them were still full and running over, for Peter had kept putting off his last cleaning up, owing to an attack of rheumatism.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
The chameleon is running off, and, as I live, without its tail!
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Zebras, too fat to run, trotted off, and also turned to observe the invaders.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
I shall run off to sea and be a cabin-boy.
"Devon Boys" by George Manville Fenn
With the current running off the coast here you'd never get back in that.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

He cut her pappes from off her brest ;
Great pitye it was to see
The drops of this fair ladyes bloode
Run trickling downe her knee.
"The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" by Anonymous British
It waddles fast, though strange it seem;
The child, with trembling wonder,
Runs off, and flies, as in a dream;
The bell would draw him under.
"The Walking Bell" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
His gaze was running forward,
When sudden toward the sky,
A buzzard rose upon his wings,
From off a dark and ghastly thing
Which startled Ajax' eyes.
"Ajax' Dream" by Frank Barbour Coffin
From a long way off to look at your charms
Made my blood run redder in every vein,
And he — he has held you long in his arms,
And has kiss'd you over and over again.
"No Name" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Abigail is the Fount of Delight.
But if I recall how helplessly I watched
as they dragged off the Jews,
even the crying children,
I still shudder with horror
and a chill runs down my spine.
"Lost Paradise" by Jaroslav Seifert
Now you may see, as in a glass,
The whole estate of mortal men;
How they from seven to seven do pass,
Until they are threescore and ten;
And when their glass is fully run,
They must leave off as they begun.
"The Life And Age Of Man" by Anonymous British

In news:

Arts and Culture As 2010 heads for the run-off groove.
Abdoulaye Wade and Macky Sall to face run-off (VIDEO).
President Abdoulaye Wade is likely to face run-off against former ally Macky Sall.
Early voting came to an end on Friday for three run-off elections from the March primaries in Cameron county.
The Overseas and military ballots are in and the Precinct One Kendall County Republican Run Off remains tied.
Tony Carter and Stacy Wright were in the top five with Thomas and Schuler receiving an equal number of votes, resulting in the run off .
Here are our endorsements for the July 31 Democratic and Republican run-off elections.
Palmer wins District 1 run-off election.
Zoo Holding Run-Off To Name Baby Giraffe.
Dozier, Chilmonik meet in run-off .
Five candidates in the Republican primary run-off on July 17th have been endorsed by the Asheville Tea Party Political Action Committee (ATPAC).
Effort to contain polluting nitrogen run-off on tap in March.
Article "Egypt's Islamists claim most seats in run-off vote" Is Not Available At This Time.
Is Cruz's Run-Off Victory a Tea Party Victory.
In this episode of the Observer podcast, Abby Rapoport of The American Prospect joins us to answer one (not-so) simple question: is Ted Cruz's run-off victory a victory for the tea party.
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In science:

For this purpose it is sufficient to prove that L(t) and M (t) can not run off to the infinity.
A class of nonlinear random walks related to the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process
The FEB then remains off for the rest of the run and is re-initialized when the next run begins.
Data Quality and Performance of the NOvA Prototype Detector
The indices a and b run over the off-diagonal fields.
Permutation Orbifolds in Conformal Field Theories and String Theory
The second one is a delay-off module running on each server that keeps the server idle for some pre-determined amount of time, de fined as twait , before turning it off.
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
We set βo f f + βon = 6, i.e., the cost of turning a server off and on once is equal to that of running it for six units of time .
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
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