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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.

(HIT)

to hit and injure a person or animal with a vehicle, especially intentionally: Two masked men on motorbikes tried to run me down.

(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.
(Definition of run sb/sth down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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