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  • noun Alternative spelling of runout.
  • verb idiomatic To use up; to consume all of something.
  • verb to expire, to come to an end
  • verb cricket To get a batsman out via a run out (see above); or, to be got out in this way.
  • verb Of a legal right, to expire, to terminate.
  • verb To extend a piece of material, or clothing.
  • verb To conclude in, to end up

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  • verb exhaust the supply of
  • verb leave suddenly and as if in a hurry
  • verb flow off gradually
  • verb use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
  • verb prove insufficient
  • verb lose validity
  • verb flow, run or fall out and become lost
  • verb become used up; be exhausted


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  • Cricket jargon - one of the ways in which a batsman can be given out. It occurs when a batsman, attempting a run, is out of his ground and a member of the fielding team breaks the wicket with the ball.

    December 3, 2007

  • Hi, bilby. I was run out yesterday. My batting partner off-drove viciously and the bowler tried very hard to get out of the way but the ball hit him on the shoulder, for heaven's sake, and deflected down to dislodge the bails at my end, with me backing up for the run. Hah! How unlucky is that? Don't suppose you'll have much sympathy for me after today's T20 Final, though. :-)

    May 17, 2010