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run-up Syllabification: run-up
Pronunciation: /ˈrə ˌnəp/

Definition of run-up in English:


1A marked rise in the value or level of something: a sharp run-up of land and stock prices
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  • It is formed when a run-up in a security's price levels off and is followed by a series of lower highs and relatively equal lows.
  • Cheap stock fueled the valuation run-up: As the cash portion has risen, prices have dropped.
  • These flows fueled an expansion of bank lending and credit creation within the countries, and often a run-up in the prices of property and financial assets.
2The period preceding a notable event: an acrimonious run-up to legislative elections
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  • Cottage Garden Herbs, Ballyconnell Lodge, is offering two creative courses in the run-up to the holiday period, he writes.
  • With the seven others, he had worked night and day in the run-up to the event to ensure that nothing off the park was allowed to detract from what turned out to be a dazzling display of football.
  • But they were kept guessing by the weather until the day itself, with heavy rain falling during the days in the run-up to the event.
3An act of running briefly to gain momentum before performing a jump in track and field or other sports: high jumper Steve Smith will use his shortened five-stride run-up
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  • She will be watching her rivals to such an extent that she could be the person who starts the crowd clapping when one of them is about to take a run-up for a high or long jump.
  • These are days when there is more rhythm and flow to his bowling, his run-up and action blending better.
  • A former West Indies player taught me my run-up back in 1999, at Kensington Cricket Club.
4An act of running an engine or turbine to prepare it for use or to test it.
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  • After the new propeller was installed, an engine run-up was conducted with no mechanical anomalies.
  • Together, we made a careful preflight and engine run-up.
  • One example was his suggestion on how one person could orchestrate engines run-ups so they could all be done at the same time instead of by the individual crew chiefs on their own timetable.
5 Golf A low approach shot that bounces and runs forward.
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  • A lot of players are already using the 3-wood from the fringe and on run-up shots.
  • Arm speed refers to the speed with which you pull the disc across your body when you execute the run-up.

Words that rhyme with run-up

sun-up, ton-up
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