Phrasal Verb Definition Example
read up on + research a topic for a reason I need to read up on the company before I go on the job interview.
ring * up telephone Jack rung me up last night at 3:00 in the morning.
rule * out + eliminate I wouldn't rule out the possibility of moving to another country if I get a good job offer.
run across + find or meet unexpectedly I ran across some old photos while I was cleaning my house.
run against + compete in an election Gore ran against Bush in the 2000 elections in the U.S.A.
run away leave home permanently before you are a legal adult The child ran away because her parents beat her.
run away from + escape from The child ran away from its parents.
run * down trace Have you run down those phone numbers I asked for last week?
run * down criticize My boss runs everyone down.
run * down hit with a car My dog was run down by a bus.
run down loose power, be very tired You need to wind your watch so it doesn't run down.
run for + campaign for a government position Gore is running for president of the U.S.A.
run into + meet unexpectedly I ran into my English teacher at the movies last night. She's so nice!
run * off + make leave The new government is trying to run the drug traffickers off.
run * off reproduce (photocopies) Would you mind running off 10 copies of this document for me?
run off leave quickly Why did you run off after the party?
run off waste water You shouldn't swim where the sewage runs off into the ocean.
run out of + not have any more of something We ran out of milk this morning, so we need to go to the store.