Meaning of “on the run” in the English Dictionary

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"on the run" in British English

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on the run

while hurrying to go somewhere:

I eat breakfast on the run if I'm late for work.

(Definition of “on the run” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on the run" in American English

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on the run

while busy doing something else:

He ate on the run, downing an apple in his car.
on the run

If criminals are on the run, they are trying to avoid being caught:

The two men were on the run for three weeks before being caught by police.
on the run

Someone or something on the run is at a disadvantage in a competitive situation:

Competition from Internet retailers has some big department stores on the run.

(Definition of “on the run” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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