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  • 1The period preceding a notable event: a programme aimed at lowering unemployment in the run-up to the next election
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    • Cottage Garden Herbs, Ballyconnell Lodge, is offering two creative courses in the run-up to the holiday period, he writes.
    • With the seven others, he had worked night and day in the run-up to the event to ensure that nothing off the park was allowed to detract from what turned out to be a dazzling display of football.
    • But they were kept guessing by the weather until the day itself, with heavy rain falling during the days in the run-up to the event.
  • 2An act of running briefly to gain momentum before performing a jump in athletics, bowling in cricket, etc.: high jumper Steve Smith will use his shortened five-stride run-up the bowler started his run-up
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    • She will be watching her rivals to such an extent that she could be the person who starts the crowd clapping when one of them is about to take a run-up for a high or long jump.
    • These are days when there is more rhythm and flow to his bowling, his run-up and action blending better.
    • A former West Indies player taught me my run-up back in 1999, at Kensington Cricket Club.
  • 2.1The strip of ground behind the wicket on which the bowler runs before bowling: the start was delayed because the bowlers' run-ups were wet
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    • While the riskiest feature of this week's historic one-day series - the drop-in pitch - already appears a success, the patchy and damp outfield, bowlers' run-ups and the lighting had the players wary.
    • He moved to make the rule for a six a hit over the boundary not out of the ground and he pioneered the use of sawdust for bowlers run-ups.
    • The Umpires decided the bowlers run-ups were unsafe.
  • 3 Golf A low approach shot that bounces and runs forward.
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    • A lot of players are already using the 3-wood from the fringe and on run-up shots.
    • Arm speed refers to the speed with which you pull the disc across your body when you execute the run-up.
  • 4An act of running an engine or turbine to prepare it for use or to test it: other than for the first flight of the day, engine run-ups are not deemed necessary
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    • After the new propeller was installed, an engine run-up was conducted with no mechanical anomalies.
    • Together, we made a careful preflight and engine run-up.
    • One example was his suggestion on how one person could orchestrate engines run-ups so they could all be done at the same time instead of by the individual crew chiefs on their own timetable.
  • 5A marked rise in the value or level of something: a sharp run-up of land and stock prices
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    • It is formed when a run-up in a security's price levels off and is followed by a series of lower highs and relatively equal lows.
    • Cheap stock fueled the valuation run-up: As the cash portion has risen, prices have dropped.
    • These flows fueled an expansion of bank lending and credit creation within the countries, and often a run-up in the prices of property and financial assets.

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