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English definition of “run-up”

run-up

noun uk   /ˈrʌn.ʌp/ us  
[C] In some sports, a run-up is a period or distance of running that you do in order to be going fast enough to perform a particular action: The longer and faster your run-up is, the higher you can jump. [S] mainly UK the final period of time before an important event: Everyone is very busy during the run-up to publication.
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