Definition of run on in English:

run on

1Continue without stopping; go on longer than is expected: the story ran on for months
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  • The stories run on almost interminably as Chandy Mathew tries to squeeze a moral out of seemingly ordinary situations.
  • Things ran on for about 18 months and I was then asked to go to Harley Street, in London, to see a surgeon appointed by the insurance company.
  • The Paris peace conference was a lengthy and complex process, running on for six months.
1.1Talk incessantly.
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  • I must say, your mother does run on, doesn't she?
  • The reader will be relieved to know that I am not going to run on about the Norsemen, the Anglo-Normans and the Anglo-Saxons.
2 (also run upon) (Of a person’s mind or a discussion) be preoccupied or concerned with (a particular subject): my thoughts always ran too much on death
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  • My thoughts ran on that same thread throughout the night.
  • My thoughts ran too much on death.
3 Printing Continue on the same line as the preceding matter.
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  • I think you'll be pleased at the look of the poems - they're arranged so that none of the lines run on.
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