- 1The action or movement of a runner: his running tore United to shredsMore example sentences
- While the two strikers were full of running and movement, they faced a wall of defenders who played very deep on account of their obvious lack of pace.
- Adding to all this the running between wickets was near perfect.
- All that running and sprinting made my muscles all tight and painful to stretch out.
- 1.1The sport of racing on foot: marathon runningMore example sentences
- It's important to take it steadily when you first decide to take up any sport and running is no different.
- Now living and working in New York, she decided to take up running because other sports were so expensive.
- However, as with other sports, if good technique is applied, running can be both enjoyable and rewarding.
- 2The action of managing or operating something: the day-to-day running of the officeMore example sentences
- My son has a new head at his primary school who does no teaching and has no involvement with the day-to-day running of the school.
- In her role as manager, she was responsible for the day-to-day running of the premises.
- Head teachers look after the day-to-day running of a school.
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- 1 [attributive] Denoting something that runs, in particular:More example sentences
- Kevin hit his straps and directed play through the half forward zone, bringing the running players into the game.
- I looked for an emotion - of pain, of weariness, of Basil Brush exuberance - but of course it was just a running fox.
- Team roping involves two people on horseback trying to stop a running steer.
- 1.1(Of water) flowing naturally or supplied to a building through pipes and taps: hot and cold running waterMore example sentences
- It is not known whether the premises have a working electricity supply or running water and much of the estate has fallen into disrepair.
- It is an exciting moment for me when I see a blade of grass or see a leaf of a tree, and when I listen to birds chattering and to running water in a stream.
- The path to the top of the mountain runs beside the running water of a stream.
- 1.2(Of a sore or a part of the body) exuding liquid or pus: a running soreMore example sentences
- But she had an offensive, running sore that lay open from below her knee right down to her foot.
- 2Done while running: a running jumpMore example sentences
- He must have taken a bit of a running jump at it though, because he travelled about half an inch before capitulating in a salty heap.
- I taking a running jump and land a nice axe kick on him.
- I take a running start and jump over the first, which is as high as my hip.
- 3Continuous or recurring over a long period: a running jokeMore example sentences
- Not only do the running expenses continue, but they usually increase in times of drought.
- Still, as their winning streak drained the suspense out of the show, no event needed a running joke more.
- Like many Scottish men typecast by gender, Max's chosen career is something of a running joke amongst members of his family.
- 3.1 [postpositive] Consecutive; in succession: he failed to produce an essay for the third week runningMore example sentences
- Those who are absent from classes for two weeks running or 50 class hours added up in one semester will be given a record of a demerit for misconduct.
- The former gospel singer has held onto her number one spot for the second week running.
in (or out of) the running
- In (or no longer in) contention for an award, victory, or a place in a team: he is in the running for an OscarMore example sentences
- By then the winner tends to be known and three quarters of the teams know that they are out of the running.
- He knows his team are out of the running and it riles.
- As the league is rapidly coming to a close the trophies are up for grabs and all eight teams are still in the running.
make the running
- British Set the pace in a race or activity: Arkle was making all the running in the past women sat back and waited for men to make the runningMore example sentences
- Arsenal continued to make the running and knew they had to remain patient, rather than become frustrated, as the minutes ticked away.
- ‘It was a very hard race, and once again I was left to make the running without any help,’ she complained.
- First Row made the running to the turn when favourite Unfurled took over in front.
take a running jump
- [often as imperative] Used as an expression of angry dismissal or rejection: I hope you told that boss of yours to take a running jumpMore example sentences
- Time will tell, but if it tells me to read Yours Magazine, I may well tell time to take a running jump.
- Then you really might want to take a running jump.
- And their message is, on your own argument, that the anti-war party should take a running jump.
take up the running
- Take over as pacesetter in a race.More example sentences
- Meanwhile, White was starting to lose ground as Tootell and Purdie took up the running at the front of the race.
- Distinction, the 11-4 favourite, takes up the running with about half a mile to go and soon has the field strung out.
- The seven-year-old was always in the lead group and took up the running at Aintree when Ardent Scout unseated his rider at the ninth of the 22 fences.