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1(Of a supply of something) be used up: our food is about to run out
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  • Passengers reported conditions close to ‘bedlam’ as air conditioning units failed and water supplies ran out.
  • He says worldwide oil supplies are simply running out.
  • Surely this difficulty should have been foreseen and the Minister should have negotiated the further funding long before the supply of cash had run out.
be used up, dry up, be exhausted, be finished, give out, peter out, fail;
1.1Use up one’s supply of something: we’ve run out of petrol
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  • But he and his men were running out of supplies, and many were at their wits end.
  • Few of us would know what to do if our water or electricity supplies were cut off, or the supermarkets ran out of food.
  • If a local council runs out of money it is the duty of central government to bail them out and not to charge the householders extra money.
have none left, have no more of, be out of;
use up, exhaust one's supply of, consume, eat up;
sell out of
informal be fresh out of, be cleaned out of
1.2Become no longer valid: her contract runs out at the end of the year
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  • My contract runs out at the end of the year, and as yet nothing else has been agreed.
  • I have a five-year contract which runs out next July.
  • Larsson's contract runs out at the end of next season.
expire, come to an end, end, terminate, finish;
lapse, be no longer valid
2(Of rope) be paid out: slowly, he let the cables run out
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  • Slowly, he let the cables run out.
3 [with adverbial of direction] Extend; project: a row of buildings ran out to Whitehall Gate
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  • At right angles to the façade a row of buildings ran out to Whitehall Gate.
4 [with complement] British Emerge from a contest in a specified position: the team ran out 4-1 winners
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  • The lead changed hands several times with the top Scottish team eventually running out winners.
  • Manchester United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners and qualified for the quarter-finals.
  • Further goals were scored by James Gill and Rob Henson as they ran out 7-2 winners.
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run-out 2 Line breaks: run-out


1 Cricket The dismissal of a batsman by being run out: TV assistance for umpires in run-outs and stumpings
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  • He went on to make 27 no but saw three other batsmen all suffer run-out dismissals as Ripon reached 142-8.
  • A West Indian spinner then took control and with two other Heworth batsmen falling to run-outs, the innings closed at 154 all out.
  • Over the years, the TV umpire has been asked to assist in dismissals such as run-outs, stumped, caught and hit-wicket.
2 informal A short session of play, practice, or participation in sporting competition, especially at the beginning of a season or after a period of absence due to injury: a mid-morning run-out, going over all the moves
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  • The former Northern Ireland under-21 international does not feature at Stockport where his only action this season has been two run-outs as a sub.
  • The 22-year-old joined the rest of the Irish players belatedly after treatment in London for the injury and he was due for a run-out in a practice game against the Irish Under-21 squad this week.
  • Both continue their comeback from injury with run-outs for the Second XV against Fylde.
3A slight error in a rotating tool, machine component, etc. such as being off-centre or not exactly round: [mass noun]: slight run-out in your drill can make the holes oversized run-outs are bound to occur
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  • Depending on the design and length it is recommended to use a steady rest to reduce the run-out.
  • And, because the discs float on the hub, lateral run-out isn't a problem.
  • One insert had 20 μm axial and 1.5 μm radial measured run-outs relative to the reference insert, which are included in the simulation model.
4A length of time or stretch of ground over which something gradually ceases or is brought to an end or a halt: the commission recommended abolition after a run-out of ten years
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  • Let's go back to our practice hill, the one that is wide, not very steep and has a nice run-out at the bottom.
  • Blackfish, or Luderick, which are predicted to be found in numbers on run-out tides once the river water is clear.
  • Blackfish still seem to be slow but no doubt they will be running as soon as the water is clearer on the run-out tide.
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