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“run-up” in British English

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run-upnoun

uk /ˈrʌn.ʌp/ us /ˈrʌn.ʌp/

[ C ] In some sports, a run-up is a period or distance of running that you do in order to be going fast enough to perform a particular action:

The longer and faster your run-up is, the higher you can jump.

[ S ] mainly UK the final period of time before an important event:

Everyone is very busy during the run-up to publication.

(Definition of “run-up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“run-up” in American English

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run-upnoun [ U ]

us /ˈrʌnˌʌp/

the period before an important event:

Wolfson is playing a key role in the run-up to the elections.

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“run-up” in Business English

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run-upnoun [ S ]

also runup uk /ˈrʌnʌp/ us

the final period of time before an important event:

the run-up to sth Violence is expected in the run-up to the elections.

FINANCE a sudden and unexpected increase in price:

a run-up in sth Stock buybacks trigger a runup in price when common stock holders want cash.

(Definition of “run-up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)