• WordNet 3.6
    • adj run-down having the spring unwound "a run-down watch"
    • adj run-down 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"
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  • Bob Boschert
    Bob Boschert
    “Silicon Valley is like a person running around in front of a steamroller. You can outrun the steamroller on any given day. But if you ever sit down you get squashed.”
  • 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.”
  • Bible
    “Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over... [Luke 6:38]”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Two things are bad for the heart -- running up stairs and running down people.”
  • Bible
    “But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.”


In literature:

I was also run down very much.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
There's talk we may run down the Red Sea to Suakin afterward.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
Don't done you task, driver wave that whip, put you over the barrel, beat you so blood run down!
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
I'll take a run down and see what I can arrange.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
Why, at home we have trains as big as this running up and down the floors of our restaurants carrying flapjacks.
"Into the Jaws of Death" by Jack O'Brien
It hit him on one horn and broke, and the ink began to run down into his eyes.
"Billy Whiskers' Adventures" by Frances Trego Montgomery
If you can spare me I'll run down and see if old Pasquale hasn't got 'em.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Then he was running down the ramp, forward to the area of the ship.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
Run down here and say you're glad I've come!
"Under the Great Bear" by Kirk Munroe
A big up-bound steamboat had run down and sunk a smaller boat of some kind.
"Raftmates" by Kirk Munroe

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
And strange it seemed
That a dark wind
Should run down from a mountain steep
And shout as though the world were asleep.
"The Enemies" by John Freeman
The weary day runs down and dies,
The weary night wears through:
And never an hour is fair wi' flower,
And never a flower wi' dew.
"A Jacobite's Exile" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
I watched a moorland torrent run
Down through the rift itself had made,
Golden as honey in the sun,
Of darkest amber in the shade.
"The Discovery" by James Russell Lowell
"Oh, my boy it is that runs,
Hurls his young and slender body
On the dread death-dealing guns.
Oh, he's down! his head is bloody!"
"Any Mother" by Katharine Tynan
'Twas one look'd from the lighted hall,
And answered soft and slow,
'It is a wolf runs up and down
With a black track in the snow.'
"The Ballad Of Judas Iscariot" by Robert Williams Buchanan

In news:

A longtime aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon pleaded not guilty today to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for allegedly running down a pedestrian while driving a city vehicle in North Hollywood.
You may contribute to human trafficking in ways you're unaware of, suggests the US State Department in a run-down of how what Americans wear, use and consume in daily life can be affected by "modern day slavery.".
Running down the plus-minus from Maryland's 71-38 defeat of Monmouth .
It was only one week into the new school year and Chelsea Day, 13, was already feeling run down.
PrepZone runs down the top 10 highlights.
Don't let a run-down house next door lower your property's value.
OK, LET'S QUICKLY run down the upside of the University of Maryland's sudden move to the Big Ten.
Chad Nicholls Runs Down the Top Olympia Competitors.
Video of man running down turkeys posted on YouTube, Facebook.
He takes a regular run down the park of Brighton, UT.
No energy, headaches, the usual run down feeling.
Now I have tears from that eye constantly running down my face.
This list runs down the worst entrance / exit ramps on I-20 of Shreveport Bossier City.
Central Catholic's Colin McDermott (2) runs down field.
Man Tried to Run Down Wife with Car.

In science:

Notice however that, for the VO scenario, even if arranged at the GUT scale, it is doubtful that such a precise degeneracy could be stable against renormalization group corrections when running down at low energy unless it is protected by a suitable symmetry [37, 38].
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
If the running of M is computed by by taking ǫ = 0, then M2 stays approximately constant when going from Λ down to M2 .
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
The running from M2 down to the electroweak scale does not appreciably affect neither the vanishing determinant condition, nor a nearly maximal neutrino mixing angle.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
The “filter” of observable frequencies runs roughly from 100 to 1000 Hz for current interferometers, extendable down to 10 Hz in future upgrades.
Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology: Cosmic Laboratories for New Physics (Summary of the Snowmass 2001 P4 Working Group)
Although perturbative techniques work surprisingly well down to very small scales where the running coupling starts to become large, in the end what is observed are hadrons, the transition to which is still not on firm theoretical grounds.
Small x Phenomenology: Summary and Status