- Chiefly Brit. a preparatory period preceding an important event
- a substantial, often rapid, increase in cost, price, value, etc.
The run up on the price of orange juice is a result of the hard winter freeze that damaged citrus crops the previous year.
An example of run up is a quick improvement in the stock market.
- An often sudden increase: a run-up in interest rates; a run-up in food prices; a run-up in house values.
- The period of time that leads up an event or occurrence: the run-up to the championship games.
(third-person singular simple present runs up, present participle running up, simple past ran up, past participle run up)
- (cricket) of a bowler, to run, or walk up to the bowling crease in order to bowl a ball.
- (idiomatic) To bring a flag to the top of its flag pole.
- (idiomatic) To make something, usually an item of clothing, very quickly.
- I'll run you up a skirt for tomorrow evening.
- (idiomatic) To accumulate a debt.
- He ran up over $5,000 in unpaid bills.
(plural run ups)
- Alternative spelling of run-up.
- Thanks to a long promo campaign in the run-up to the release, it entered the US charts at number seven on its October 2006, release and ended up going five times platinum in the UK.
- As the cast gathered with producers to watch the show in the run-up to the live finale, cast member Lindsey Richter said that she was in fact the one who had no piercings.
- A staggering one million copies were pre-ordered in the run-up to the 1963 release date - a completely new phenomenon for music.
- From the 2009 bottom, another great run-up occurred to get us to the lofty and precarious levels where we are now.
- Show. The show featured the run-up to his move to Buffalo and his off-field search for love.