Meaning Of Idiom ‘Run Into’
1. To meet someone or find them unexpectedly, by chance. I.E. to run into someone.
2. To encounter something, such as a difficulty. See also run against (first definition).
3. Collide with something.
4. Incur, usually expenses or debt.
5. Increase, keep going.
6. Follow one upon the other with no separation or interruption. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Examples of Use
These examples are given in order of the definitions above, one through six.
“You won’t believe who I ran into downtown last night. Mr. Healey, our old English teacher!”
“Until he ran into trouble with the law, Franklin was a successful businessman.”
“When I was young a ran into a glass door and broke my nose.”
“We’ve run into some unexpected expenses this quarter which will affect the employee bonuses.”
“The days ran into weeks as the castaways waited for rescue.”
“The excited reporters were eager for a scoop and their questions ran into one another, making it hard to hear what they were asking.”
This idiom has been used in one way or another since the 1300s. The first definition dates only from around 1900 but is very common.
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|1.||↲||Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.|