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English definition of “run (sth) down”

run (sth) down

(REDUCE) UK phrasal verb with run     /rʌn/ verb (present participle running, past tense ran, past participle run)
to reduce a business or organization in size or importance, or to become reduced in this way: The government is secretly running down the troop levels.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
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