from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An often sudden increase: a run-up in interest rates; a run-up in food prices; a run-up in house values.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The approach run of a bowler before delivering the ball
  • n. The approach run of a high jumper or other athlete in order to gather speed or momentum
  • n. A period of time just before an important event.
  • n. An increase in the value or amount of something

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In bookbinding, the act of putting on a line, in finishing, by means of a roll running along the side of the back from the top to the bottom of the book.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a substantial increase over a relatively short period of time
  • n. the approach run during which an athlete gathers speed


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From run + up.


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