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.
2 (also run upon) (Of a person’s mind or a discussion) be preoccupied or concerned with: my thoughts ran too much on death
Denoting a line of verse in which a sentence is continued without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza.
- It is composed in five sweeping stanzaic movements, each taking the form of a sonnet, but with complex musical patterns of internal rhyme and run-on lines, culminating in a breathless series of cries or questions.
- Hugo's rallying forces promulgated a new dramatic style capable of expressing not only the supple laws of nature through the run-on line, but above all the unruly spirit of Shakespeare through the alliance of tragic and comic genres.
- If they venture rhyme, that most conspicuous auditory technique of verse, they often play it down as well by burying it in run-on lines or substituting slant and half-rhymes.
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