run up

Definitions

General English

  • noun
    (written as run-up)
    a period leading up to some event
  • phrasal verb to go somewhere quickly on foot

Accounting

  • phrasal verb to make debts or costs go up quickly

Cricket

  • noun
    (written as run-up)
    the bowler’s running approach to the wicket prior to delivering the ball
    Citation ‘The object of the run-up is to bring the bowler to the bowling crease completely balanced and with the momentum necessary to bowl … at his normal, designed pace’ (MCC 1952)
    Citation ‘With Willis and Botham operating off shortened run-ups, England managed to capture the last four wickets in eight overs’ (David Frith, WCM April 1984)
    Citation ‘Miller’s action was close to flawless, consisting of a wonderful delivery stride from a short run-up’ (Richie Benaud, Wisden 2005)
  • noun
    (written as run-up)
    the area of ground over which a bowler runs when approaching the wicket to bowl
    Citation ‘Whenever possible, the bowlers’ run ups shall be covered in inclement weather, in order to keep them dry’ (Law 11 §3)

Travel

  • verb to make a large debt quickly
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