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run sb/sth down

verb uk phrasal verb with run   /rʌn/ (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run) us  

(CRITICIZE)

C1 informal to criticize someone or something, often unfairly: He's always running himself down.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

(HIT)

to hit and injure a person or animal with a vehicle, especially intentionally: Two masked men on motorbikes tried to run me down.Accidents involving vehiclesHitting against objects accidentally and colliding

(FIND)

to find someone or something after following or searching for them or it for a long time: I finally ran Mr Green down in/to a house in the country.Finding and discovering
(Definition of run sb/sth down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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