Definition of runaway in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌnəweɪ/


1A person who has run away, especially from their family or an institution: a teenage runaway a charity for runaways [as modifier]: runaway boys
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  • The number of adults who desert their families is sharply increasing, while that of teenage runaways is steadily decreasing.
  • How ironic that in this family, the runaway in question is a parent, not some rebellious teenager.
  • They noted that many runaways were from dysfunctional families with little social support available and often times will search for a better life.
2 [often as modifier] An animal or vehicle that is running out of control: a runaway train
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  • A probe began today into the deaths of four railway workers killed by a runaway train wagon on the West Coast mainline in Cumbria.
  • A typical question involves watching a runaway train carriage hurtling towards five people who will die unless you drop a heavy object in its path and derail it.
  • They are mysteriously injured in the tunnel by a runaway police horse.
2.1 [as modifier] Denoting something happening or done very quickly, easily, or uncontrollably: the runaway success of the book
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  • All of this was based on tales he'd heard, and some of them were clearly situations that could not have happened in the Yukon, but they were a runaway success.
  • I can't see that being a runaway success, but stranger things have happened.
  • Riverdance, in its 11 th year, has proved a runaway success since it began as the interval act at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.
easy, effortless
informal as easy as pie

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