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"runaway" in American English

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runawayadjective [not gradable]

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

runawaynoun [C]

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

a young person who has left home without permission
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"runaway" in British English

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runawayadjective

uk   /ˈrʌn.ə.weɪ/  us   /ˈrʌn.ə.weɪ/
having escaped or run away from somewhere: a runaway child sleeping on the streets a runaway bride (= who ran away from her wedding)
out of control: A runaway bus/horse caused chaos on the streets. We have to rein in our runaway spending.
Runaway success is surprisingly sudden or great: Her first novel's runaway success came as a great surprise. He is the runaway leader at the top of the competition scoreboard.

runawaynoun [C]

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(Definition of runaway from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"runaway" in Business English

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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
highly successful: 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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