run out


General English

  • phrasal verb to have nothing left of something


  • adverb a mode of dismissal in which either of the batsmen may be given out ‘if at any time while the ball is in play (i) he is out of his ground and (ii) his wicket is fairly put down by the opposing side’ (Law 38 § 1); the dismissal remains valid even in the case of a no-ball; it is not credited either to the bowler or to the fielder and is entered in the scorebook as ‘run out’. If the batsmen have already crossed, the one running towards the wicket that is put down is out, but if they have not crossed, the batsman who has left the wicket that is put down is out. Only one batsman can be run out off a single delivery. Any runs already completed before the run-out are credited to the batsman in the usual way. With regard to the run-out Law, there are two borderline areas which occasionally cause confusion. The first is the case of the striker hitting the ball straight on to the opposite wicket when his partner has already left his ground: in this case, neither batsman is out unless the ball has been touched en route by a member of the fielding side. Secondly there is the more contentious problem of the bowler attempting to run out the non-striker when he is backing up too far before the ball is actually bowled: for further discussion, see Mankad.
  • noun
    (written as run-out)
    a dismissal in which a batsman is run out
    Citation ‘Chamberlain’s 38 in 33 balls, backed up by two wickets, a split-second run out and a surreal catch made her the “man of the match”’ (Marqusee 1994)
  • verb to cause the dismissal of a batsman in this way
    Citation ‘When Atherton was run out for 99, slipping on the turn when Gatting sent him back on what would have been a safe third run … Australia never looked like being stopped’ (John Thicknesse Wisden 1994)
  • verb to get runs by actually running, rather than as a result of a boundary hit
    Citation ‘Up to about 100 years ago it was customary for all hits to be run out, and this resulted in some most productive strokes, such as the Hon Fred Ponsonby’s hit to leg for nine … in 1842’ (Gerald Brodribb, WCM December 1983)
  • verb to leave one’s crease and advance down the wicket when playing a stroke
    Citation ‘I do not think that batsmen run out enough at slow bowling or at lobs’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)


  • noun
    (written as run-out)
    a bromide produced by a phototypesetter


  • verb to dismiss a player who is trying to complete a run by breaking the wicket with the ball before he or she has reached the crease