run up (third-person singular simple present runs up, present participle running up, simple past ran up, past participle run up)
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see run, up.
- The small boy ran up the hill.
- To run (towards someone or something); to hasten to a destination.
- As I was walking along the road, a man suddenly ran up to me.
- The dog ran up under the table to get his food.
- (with to) To approach (an event or point in time).
- We are putting on lots of special attractions as we run up to Christmas.
- To erect hastily, as a building.
- (idiomatic) To make something, usually an item of clothing, very quickly.
- I'll run you up a skirt for tomorrow evening.
- (idiomatic) To bring a flag to the top of its flag pole.
- Stand quietly while the honor guard runs the flag up.
- (cricket) Of a bowler, to run, or walk up to the bowling crease in order to bowl a ball.
- He runs up ... and bowls. Smashed away for four runs!
- To rise; to swell; to grow; to increase.
- Accounts of goods credited run up very fast.
- Sir Walter Scott
- But these, having been untrimmed for many years, had run up into great bushes, or rather dwarf trees.
- (idiomatic) To accumulate (a debt).
- He ran up over $5,000 in unpaid bills.
- (figuratively) To thrust up, as anything long and slender.
- The fence runs up along the edge of the pasture.
run up (plural run ups)
- (cricket) the action of running up; the area of the pitch used by the bowler to run up, the start of which he marks with a small marker