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runawayadjective

uk   /ˈrʌn.ə.weɪ/  us   /ˈrʌn.ə.weɪ/
having ​escaped or ​run away from ​somewhere: a runaway ​childsleeping on the ​streets a runaway ​bride (= who ​ran away from her ​wedding)
out of ​control: A runaway bus/​horsecausedchaos on the ​streets. We have to ​rein in ​our runaway ​spending.
Runaway ​success is ​surprisinglysudden or ​great: Her first novel's runaway success came as a ​greatsurprise. He is the runaway ​leader at the ​top of the ​competitionscoreboard.

runawaynoun [C]

uk   us  
(Definition of runaway from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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runawayadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈrʌn·əˌweɪ/
being or ​seeming to be out of ​control, or ​happeningsuddenly and ​strongly: runaway health-care ​costs From the ​moment he ​launched the ​BoyScoutmovement in 1908, it was a runaway ​success.

runawaynoun [C]

 us   /ˈrʌn·əˌweɪ/
  • runaway noun [C] (person)

a ​youngperson who has ​lefthome without ​permission
(Definition of runaway from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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runawayadjective [before noun]

(also run-away) uk   us   /ˈrʌnəˌweɪ/
rising quickly in a way that is not under ​control: runaway ​prices/​costs/​inflation runaway ​demand/​growth/​spending
highlysuccessful: a runaway bestseller/favourite/hit The reality is that a new musical ​needs to be a runaway ​hit to ​survive the ​economics of Broadway.
(Definition of runaway from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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