run through

See also: run-through



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run through (third-person singular simple present runs through, present participle running through, simple past ran through, past participle run through)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To summarise briefly
    Let me run through today's meeting for those who missed it.
    • 2003, Joe Kraynak, The complete idiot's guide to computer basics, page 145:
      The following steps run you through a typical scanning operation using a flatbed scanner: ...
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) To inform or educate someone, typically of a new concept or a concept particular to an organization or industry
    • 2009, Jorge S. Olson, Build Your Beverage Empire, page 115:
      ... we'll run you through a very quick and abbreviated process from production through bottling.
  3. (idiomatic) To repeat something.
    We will run through scene 2 until we get it right.
  4. (idiomatic) To use completely, in a short space of time. Usually money.
    I ran through my wages in two days. Now I've got to live on next to nothing till Friday!
  5. To go through hastily.
    to run through a book
  6. (idiomatic) To pervade, of a quality that is characteristic of a group, organisation, or system.
    Fear of foreigners runs through that country at all levels of its society.
  7. (idiomatic) To impale a person with a blade, usually a sword.
    Make just one move, and I'll run you through, sir, without hesitation.
    • 1676, Thomas Shadwell, The libertine: a tragedy : acted by His Royal Highness's servants, page 15:
      D. Lop." Offer to flinch, and I'll run you through. Offic.: Take their Swords, or knock 'em down.
  8. Of a waterway, to flow through an area.
    • The Seine river runs through Paris.
  9. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see run,‎ through.


Usage notesEdit

  • The verb and particle are inseparable except in sense 7. (impale with a sword)