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English definition of “run”


noun [C] (HOLE)    /rʌn/
a long, vertical hole in tights and stockings: I've got a run in my tights from the nail on my chair.Holes, hollows and dipsTearing and breaking into pieces
(Definition of run noun (HOLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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