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run sth up

phrasal verb with run uk   us   /rʌn/ verb (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
  • (DEBT)

If you ​run up a ​debt, you do things that ​cause you to ​owe a ​largeamount of ​money: She ​stayed two ​weeks at the ​hotel and ​ran up a bill that she couldn't ​pay.
  • (VALUE)

to make the ​price or ​value of something ​increase: Heavy ​buyingran the ​price of ​stocks up ​higher than ​expected.
(Definition of run sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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run sth up

phrasal verb with run uk   us   /rʌn/ verb (running, ran, run)
to continue to ​addsmallamounts to an ​amountowed until the ​totalamount becomes very high: run up a ​debt/​loss/​bill
(Definition of run sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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