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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RUN AROUND

It will then run around the joint when the metal is raised to sufficient heat.

Do you mean to tell me that that baby has been allowed to run around this town alone?

If I started to run around with you, I'd be exhausted in an hour.

Probabilities are that they 'll run around ten thousand for the bunch.

But, Tode, won't you run around to Martyn's and order the carriage for us?

Presently a flush of color will run around the horizon, and it will be dawn.

"I'm going to run around and talk to Nora while you read it," he said.

By the way, sir,” I said, “do you ever run around to Santiago?

There wasn't time to run around to the place where the bank was low.

So she wheeled and started off again, as if to run around the barrel once more.

WORD ORIGIN

the modern verb is a merger of two related Old English words, in both of which the first letters sometimes switched places. The first is intransitive rinnan, irnan "to run, flow, run together" (past tense ran, past participle runnen), cognate with (cf. Middle Dutch runnen, Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic rinnan, German rinnen "to flow, run").

The second is Old English transitive weak verb ærnan, earnan "ride, run to, reach, gain by running" (probably a metathesis of *rennan), from Proto-Germanic *rannjanan, causative of the root *ren- "to run." This is cognate with Old Saxon renian, Old High German rennen, German rennen, Gothic rannjan.

Both are from PIE *ri-ne-a-, nasalized form of root *reie- "to flow, run" (see Rhine).

Of streams, etc., from c.1200; of machinery, from 1560s. Meaning "be in charge of" is first attested 1861, originally American English. Meaning "seek office in an election" is from 1826, American English. Phrase run for it "take flight" is attested from 1640s. Many figurative uses are from horseracing or hunting (e.g. to run (something) into the ground, 1836, American English).

To run across "meet" is attested from 1855, American English. To run short "exhaust one's supply" is from 1752; to run out of in the same sense is from 1713. To run around with "consort with" is from 1887. Run away "flee in the face of danger" is from late 14c. To run late is from 1954.

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