• "Three men came running up."
    "Three men came running up."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n run-up the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed
    • n run-up a substantial increase over a relatively short period of time "a runup in interest rates","market runups are followed by corrections"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Gardner running up to see Albert and apples all over the steps Gardner running up to see Albert and apples all over the steps

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Wild turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour
    • n run-up In bookbinding, the act of putting on a line, in finishing, by means of a roll running along the side of the back from the top to the bottom of the book.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you start soon enough, you won't have to run to catch up.”
  • Ovid
    “A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.”
  • 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.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Two things are bad for the heart -- running up stairs and running down people.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people but if we tried to shut up the insane we would run out of building materials.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.”


Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes - This idiom is used to suggest trying out an idea to see if people accept it.


In literature:

A moment later Harriet came running up to them, dripping from her unexpected plunge into the river.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills" by Janet Aldridge
Running up to Scarby every week in that yacht of his.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
But I can run up and get Alice to put us up a snack.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
Your daughter she was there when the shot came, and run up and held his head.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Now, good-by, Kitsie; I can't run up too big a telephone bill for your father.
"Marjorie at Seacote" by Carolyn Wells
Run up to your chamber and put on some dry clothes.
"Oscar" by Walter Aimwell
The view commanded from these mountain perches does not suggest that the lower city runs up into the Highlands.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
Run up an' threaten him.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
His complaint wuz that he felt something run up his legs ter his thighs.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
A mile or so up the road there is a place where it widens, and broad strips of sward run parallel on both sides.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
We'll run up on the shore and heave to.
"The Cruise of the Noah's Ark" by David Cory
Run up and close those doors, so he won't notice that they have not been locked.
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
She steers badly now, and the moment her helm is free, she'll run up into the wind.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
I've run across their trails up here before.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
A hunter once saw a fine male come running up at the cry of his mate, which had just been shot.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
I'm to take him by the undertaker's to look at the body, and then he wants to run up to see you.
"The Winning Clue" by James Hay, Jr.
There, high up yonder, this side of the sharp point which runs out to the east.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
If we run up against those, the house'll be smashed to bits, sure.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
She run up to Marse Jordan an' caught his arm.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The ordinary habitations of the Europeans are of brick, run up in a light airy manner, and stuccoed on the outside.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Raise thee, my soul, fly up, and run
Through every heav'nly street,
And say, there's naught below the sun
That's worthy of thy feet.
"Hymn 33" by Isaac Watts
Now shall my minutes smoothly run,
Whilst here I wait my Father's will;
My rising and my setting sun
Roll gently up and down the hill.
"Hymn 50" by Isaac Watts
O darling Pathway! lead me bravely on
Adown your valley-way, and run before
Among the roses crowding up the lawn
And thronging at the door,--
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
After the sun like clouds they did run,
But she knew they were her sheep:
She sat down to cry and look up at the sky,
But she cried herself to sleep.
"Little Bo-Peep" by George MacDonald
Telephus? Oh, tush! Pass him up completely!
Telly's such a swell; Telly doesn't love you;
Telly is a trifler; Telly's running round with
Some other fairy.
"R.S.V.P." by Franklin Pierce Adams
The sun was na up, but the moon was down,
It was the gryming o' a new fa'n snaw,
Jamie Telfer has run three myles a-foot,
Between the Dodhead and the Stobs's Ha'
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang

In news:

A younger New Yorker could be forgiven for running up debt: Real wages for 20-something professionals in New York haven't changed since the early 1970s.
In January 1998, in the run-up to the twenty-fifth anniversary of Roe v.
In the run up to December 1st, I have had many conversations this week about what to do for advent .
Did Seahawks Run Up The Score.
Were accused of failing to meet their responsibilities to oversee the pricing of assets in the run-up to the 2007 financial crisis, the SEC said.
The victim, a 50-year-old man, told officers that about 6 pm Sunday he was walking when he heard someone run up behind him, police said.
"Unfortunately, he runs up the steps as is opening the door of the property she's babysitting inside," Walker said.
Not by spotting the Kansas City Royals an early four-run lead and giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks and four stolen bases over six innings in the Tribe's 5-2 loss to host Kansas City Wednesday.
He's a football player who once preferred baseball, a fullback with a tailback's mentality, a big man running up big yardage against small schools.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Temps will make a run up the old thermometer on Wednesday.
Don't run up the score.
The run-up to the second presidential debate.
Rain Forecast Ends Run-Up For Grains and Soybeans.
What's next: Can Obama recover or will Romney run up the score.
Super 8 Run-Up : You Just Don't Get It, Do You.

In science:

The paper [BM09] gives bounds on MD , the length of the loop-erasure of a random walk run up to the first exit of a simply connected domain D .
Spectral dimension and random walks on the two dimensional uniform spanning tree
To obtain the performance of each PRNG, we run them up to 1000 times each to produce 4 × 107 pseudo-random samples on every pass.
Pseudo-random number generators for Monte Carlo simulations on Graphics Processing Units
In section 3, we describe our initial condition set-up and our simulation run.
Jet-regulated cooling catastrophe
They are run at 125 MHz (they can run up to 200 MHz) because in the GlueX experiment the shaper and the flash ADC will be combined into one VME module that will run with an 125 MHz external clock.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
The UUIS will be developed using the PHP language. Therefore, it is assumed that the system on which the UUIS will be deployed will have an Apache web server, a PHP interpreter and a MySQL Database up and running.
Software Requirements Specification of the IUfA's UUIS -- a Team 3 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
The isomorphism filtering takes up most of the running time of the search, and it is one of the reasons why we decided to stop at order 504.
Searching for small simple automorphic loops
After adding it up all runs, the net result is zero.
Highly connected - a recipe for success
All three algorithms support n > 3t, have the early-stopping property and are asymptotically optimal in their running time (up to a constant multiplicative factor).
Simple Gradecast Based Algorithms
All three algorithms have optimal resiliency, optimal running time (up to a constant multiplicative factor) and have the early stopping property.
Simple Gradecast Based Algorithms
During the CALICE CERN 2007 test beam run period, the energy range from 8 GeV up to 80 GeV have been collected. A set of runs which were recorded without ECAL in front of AHCAL has been chosen to achieve high statistics and to reduce the selection and energy uncertainties when analysing pions in the AHCAL.
Comparison of hadron shower data with simulations
However, if preferred, it is possible to translate this running coupling into the standard MS scheme, at least perturbatively up to four loops .
Rho-meson, Bethe-Salpeter equation, and the far infrared
The feasibility runs were set up with the trivial upper bound on the makespan tmax = i∈V max(pi , max{dij | (i, j, dij ) ∈ E }).
Solving the Resource Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with Generalized Precedences by Lazy Clause Generation
Apply Lemma 10 to a rotor walk on a finite tree T with initial configuration 0, started at o, returned to o after every visit to S , and run up until some visit to o.
Rotor walks on general trees
In Eq. (3) for T ′A and T ′B , we shall allow the indices ν ,γ , and δ to run only up to ¯d ≡ min(d2 , D).
Tensor Renormalization Group: Local Magnetizations, Correlation Functions, and Phase Diagrams of Systems with Quenched Randomness
Although the fit may contribute up to 1.4 GeV uncertainty , introduced by the drifts during the energy scan, the difference is mainly due to the scale of the energy feedback, which was not re-calibrated for the run.
Results from a Prototype Chicane-Based Energy Spectrometer for a Linear Collider