Definition of run-in in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌnɪn/


1British The approach to an action or event: the final run-in to the World Cup
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  • Lancs have been in imperious form of late and with the signings of Symonds and North, the county have real momentum as we approach the final run-in.
  • He was today maintaining a focused game-by-game approach to the run-in after seeing his York City Knights side put one foot in LHF National League One.
  • Several of the young players shone and I'm looking forward to a successful run-in to the end of the season.
1.1The home stretch of a racecourse: the horse galloped on strongly up the run-in
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  • Don't count your money until the post is reached because, as with the rest of the Grand National course, the run-in can - and does - change fortunes.
  • The run-in is 3 ½ furlongs long and after an initial downhill stretch it rises in the final furlong.
  • The track is an undulating one with a long run-in of almost five furlongs.
1.2A period during which an engine or other device is run in: each system did run-in for at least 30 days
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  • We will use electronic monitors for 8-12 months after an initial two month run-in period before the intervention.
  • After a three month dietary run-in period patients were stratified on the basis of fasting plasma glucose concentration and body weight.
  • We excluded participants if they recorded no impairment in quality of life in their diaries during the run-in period or if they filled in their diaries on fewer than 10 days during that period.
2 informal A disagreement or fight, especially with someone in an official position: a run-in with armed police in Rio
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  • He first stepped in to help when he was suspended after a run-in with an official and in the same week the assistant manager quit, leaving Town with nobody to man the dug-out.
  • In recent months, published reports have suggested that the development had stalled because of run-ins with city officials and a lack of cash.
  • I've had some run-ins with Australian customs officials myself for no reason except that I was singing as I was waiting for my bags.
brush, encounter, tangle;
informal set-to, dust-up, shindig, shindy, spat, scrap
British informal row
British informal, Football  afters
Scottish informal rammy
2.1A collision: a run-in with a parking meter
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  • Her vehicular troubles stem from her August 2007 run-in with a parked car that was captured ever-so-efficiently by the ubiquitous paparazzi.
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