run out

run out

Meaning

  • to not have enough of something
  • to leave for a short period of time
  • to leave someone behind (usually a romantic relationship)
  • to expire; to come to an end

Example Sentences

  1. I cannot believe that we have run out of milk! Just when I wanted to make a cup of tea.
  2. I have run out of patients with him, he still has not completed the task that I gave him.
  3. If someone is looking for me, please tell them that I have just run out for a second.
  4. I am just going to run out quickly, I need to move my car before I get a parking ticket.
  5. I am sorry that you missed John, he will be back soon, he has just run out for some milk.
  6. I am all alone, my husband has run out on me.
  7. My dad ran out on us when we were very young, I was raised by my grandparents.
  8. I cannot believe that you let our insurance run out, what if we are in an accident?

Origin

This phrase can be traced back to the 1700s, it can be used both literally and figuratively. You can run out of a building, you can also run out of sugar.

Synonyms

  • end; expire; finish; come to an end

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