Definition of run-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌnʌp/


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.

Words that rhyme with run-up

sun-up, ton-up

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