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English definition of “run-up”

run-up

noun     /ˈrʌn.ʌp/
[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 .AthleticsParts and stages of competitions [S] mainly UK the final period of time before an important event : Everyone is very busy during the run-up to publication .Preceding and introducing
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