run down
verb Date: circa 1578 transitive verb 1. a. to collide with and knock down b. to run against and cause to sink 2. a. to chase to exhaustion or until captured b. to trace the source of c. to tag out (a base runner) between bases on a rundown 3. disparage intransitive verb 1. to cease to operate because of the exhaustion of motive power <
the clock ran down
>
2. to decline in physical condition or vigor

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  • run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • run-down — ˈrun down adjective PROPERTY a building or area that is run down is in very bad condition: • We have a contract to renovate five run down apartment buildings. * * * Ⅰ. run down UK US (also rundown) /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/ adjective ► PROPERTY …   Financial and business terms

  • run-down — adj 1.) a building or area that is run down is in very bad condition ▪ a run down inner city area 2.) [not before noun] someone who is run down is tired and not healthy ▪ You look a bit run down …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • run-down — /run down /, adj. 1. fatigued; weary; exhausted. 2. in a state of poor health: He was in a run down condition from months of overwork. 3. in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run down house. 4. (of a spring operated device) not… …   Universalium

  • run down — (someone/something) 1. to search for and find someone or something. We spend a lot of money each year running down students who are out of school illegally. The software giant spent months running down bugs in the program and fixing them. The… …   New idioms dictionary

  • run-down — adjective 1. ) so tired that you do not feel well: Evie had been working too hard and was feeling run down. 2. ) in bad condition because no one has spent money on repairs: This area of San Francisco is poor and run down …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • run down — (someone) to injure or kill someone with a vehicle. He s accused of running down two pedestrians while driving drunk. She tried to run us down! …   New idioms dictionary

  • run down — ► run down 1) knoc k down with a vehicle. 2) criticize unfairly or unkindly. 3) reduce or become reduced in size or resources. 4) lose or cause to lose power; stop functioning. 5) gradually deteriorate. Main Entry: ↑run …   English terms dictionary

  • run-down — [adj] shabby, in bad shape abandoned, beat up, below par, broken down, crumbling, debilitated, decrepit, derelict, deserted, desolate, dilapidated, dingy, dogeared*, down at the heel*, drained, enervated, exhausted, fatigued, forsaken, frowzy*,… …   New thesaurus

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