from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to rise; to swell; to grow; to increase; as, accounts of goods credited run up very fast.
  • transitive v. To erect hastily, as a building.


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  • "Why, Lois, I 've just come back to tell you I forgot I promised to carry Widdah Peters that plaster for lumbago; could n't you just find time to run up there with it?"

    Oldtown Folks

  • Starfall would find it no great task to run up the stairs to the highest ekele in the Vale, and run back down again within moments.

    Elephant in the City

  • And from Banagher my inspecting tours were to be made, chiefly into Connaught, but also over a strip of country eastwards, which would enable me occasionally to run up to Dublin.

    Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

  • Instead I had my best game ever in those six minutes of that fourth quarter, pulling down a couple of rebounds, hitting a jump shot and two free throws, until we had managed to tie the score with about a minute left, at which point our team got a steal and we began to run up the court for a three-on-one fast break.

    Land of the Blind

  • I doubt not there are many more such, in order either to produce their total removal, or to run up the expenses of the present situation, and satisfy Congress that the nearer they are brought to the commissary's own bed, the cheaper they will be subsisted.


  • Men, for example, were better equipped to run up their psychic bank accounts than women, and the delicate sensibilities of the “aristocracy of skill and talent” were more responsive to the pleasures of good living than the clodlike pleasure machines of the laboring classes.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • Rudd was told that Columbia had managed to run up a record twenty-year streak without winning a football game.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • Of Ceely Trevillian and the affair at the distillery I can say no more than that I had the misfortune to run up against a man of birth and brain with no better outlet for his talents than intrigue, conspiracy and manipulation.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Their battels were high, and no check was put upon the bills which they chose to run up with tradesmen.

    The Life of Froude

  • The Yankee gunboats are in Red river, and the Twilight keeps her steam up ready to run up to Camillen if they approach nearer.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.


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