Definitions

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

  • n. A person or animal that has run away.
  • n. Something that has escaped control or proper confinement.
  • n. Informal An easy victory.
  • adj. Escaping or having escaped restraint, captivity, or control: runaway horses; runaway children.
  • adj. Out of control: a runaway car; runaway inflation.
  • adj. Easily won: a runaway victory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or animal that runs away or has run away; a person, animal, or organization that escapes limitations.
  • n. A train that is out of control.
  • n. An object or process that is out of control or out of equilibrium.
  • n. An overwhelming victory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, flees from danger, duty, restraint, etc.; a fugitive.
  • n. The act of running away, esp. of a horse or teams.
  • adj. Running away; fleeing from danger, duty, restraint, etc..
  • adj. Accomplished by running away or elopement, or during flight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who flees or departs; a fugitive; a deserter.
  • n. A running away, as by a horse when breaking away from control and bolting.
  • n. One who runs in the public ways; one who roves or rambles about.
  • Acting the part of a runaway; escaping or breaking from control; defying or overcoming restraint: as, a runaway horse.
  • Accomplished or effected by running away or eloping.

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

  • v. escape from the control of
  • v. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
  • adj. completely out of control
  • n. someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
  • n. an easy victory

Etymologies

run +‎ away (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And you know, the left is cheering this as finally we're enforcing the law against what they call runaway companies, moving to other parts of the country.

    Obama's Oil Panic

  • ELLIOTT: Holton says it's time to stop policing the world and slow down what he describes as a runaway entitlement system.

    News

  • Speaking to a record gathering at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, both decried what they termed a runaway expansion of government under President Barack Obama.

    latimes.com - News

  • And they have hammered at the ballooning US national debt and what they described as runaway government spending, vowing to cut taxes and rein in Washington.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The group protested what they called runaway taxes and expansion of government services without thought to economic consequence.

    News from www.pantagraph.com

  • They have been able to get their cost back in line, they've been able to grab the controls of what I classify as a runaway train and bring everything back under control.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N. D., and the committee's top Republican, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N. H., introduced legislation that would create a bipartisan task force charged with making recommendations to Congress for reining in runaway spending growth that threatens to overwhelm the federal budget.

    Leading Senators call for fiscal commission

  • Last week, the top Democrat and top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee introduced legislation that would create a bipartisan task force charged with making recommendations to Congress for reining in runaway spending that threatens to overwhelm the federal budget.

    Virginia Dem backs commission to deal with federal budget

  • In addition, I was haunted by a story I once wrote about a teen runaway from a loving family who came to a bad end while hanging out with her street kid friends.

    Denise Hamilton discusses Sugar Skull

  • Awful: Six-year-old trapped in runaway balloon; Update: Boy protected during home, found in a attic

    Aussie Warrier, MIA In Afghanistan For A Year, Found Safe ...

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    February 1, 2009

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    February 1, 2009


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    Tears are fallin' and I feel the pain,
    Wishin' you were here by me,
    To end this misery
    And I wonder... I WAH WAH WAH WAH wonder.
    Why... WHY WHY WHY WHY she ran away?
    And I wonder
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    My little Runaway.
    My Run Run Run Run Runaway.

    Del Shannon was like a god to me.

    January 31, 2009

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    January 31, 2009

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    January 31, 2009

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    January 31, 2009

  • WeirdNet (#1, 2, 4).

    "Five Pounds Reward.
    RUN away from the Subscriber, in Richmond Town, the 28th of June, a likely Negro Man named YORK, about 23 Years of Age, five Feet nine or ten Inches high, well made, has a Scar upon one of his Wrists, occasioned by a Burn, but I cannot tell which. Whoever delivers him to me, or secures him in any of his Majesty's Jails, so that I get him again, shall have the above Reward, besides what the Law allows.
    DICK HOLLAND.


    RUN away from the Subscriber, in Cumberland County, about the 7th of July, a likely Virginia born Negro Man named MOSES, about 24 Years of Age, and middle sized; had on, when he went away, a brown Linen Shirt, Hempen Rolls Breeches, white Plains Waistcoat, and Castor Hat about Half worn; carried with him a new Felt Hat, a Pair of Shoes, Worsted and Thread Stockings, a short striped Holland Coat and Waistcoat, and a Pair of Leather Breeches, which makes it probable he may alter his Dress. He is a sensible Fellow, and a great Rogue; pretends to have a Wife at Mr. Emanuel Jones's, in Williamsburg, where it is probable he may be hiding. Whoever will take up the said Negro, and secure him in any Jail, so that I get him again, shall have 40s. shillings Reward, and if brought to me 3l. £.
    HENRY MACON.


    RUN away from the Subscriber, in Westmoreland County, on Sunday Night the 10th of July, a Scotch Convict Servant named THOMAS SCOTT, by Trade a Tailor, about five Feet seven Inches and a Half high, rather slim made, pretty much marked with the Smallpox, wears his own light coloured Hair tied behind, has a down Look, is much inclined to drinking, fond of playing at Cards, will push himself into any Company, speaks much in the Scotch Dialect, and is fond of singing Songs; had on, when he went away, a Kind of Drab Cloth Coat, black Cloth Waistcoat, white short Osnabrug Breeches, white Thread Stockings, a black Silk Handkerchief about his Neck, and a Pair of double rimmed Silver Plated Buckles in his Shoes. He stole, and carried with him, a Pink coloured Duroy Coat and red Poplin Waistcoat they were only cut out, but I make no Doubt of his having got them made up, and wearing of them; also some Silver Lace, with which I imagine he will lace his Hat, which is not very old, though not very fine, and several coats and fine Shirts. He made an Attempt to get over Mr. Fantleroy's Ferry on Rappahannock River, but did not succeed. Whoever will bring the said Servant to me, or secures him so that I get him again, shall have a Reward of 10l. £ besides what the Law allows.
    RICHARD CADDEEN."
    Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon), August 4, 1774

    January 30, 2009