Phrasal verbs with RUN – run out
Run is a verb that is used in many situations, most dictionaries have 2 or 3 pages explaining its different uses.
I ran into John in the street, he told me that his brother was in hospital because he had been run over. When I got home there was water everywhere because the bath had run over and ruined all the ceiling of the living room below. I hope that repairing that won’t run up a big bill.
1. meaning: one has no more; stocks or supplies have finished.
- I have to go to the shops because we have run out of sugar and I’m making a cake. (there is no more sugar left )
- Mary didn’t answer all the questions in the exam because she ran out of time. (her allotted time finished)
- OK children! I have run out of patience with you. Tidy your bedrooms now or you won’t have internet for two weeks! (my patience is finished)
2. meaning: make someone leave a town or other place.
- The townsfolk celebrated the day that the sheriff ran the Smith brothers out of town.
3. meaning: become void or expired
- The insurance on my car runs out next month, I must remember to renew it.