run-down

(The spelling rundown is also used. The adjective is pronounced [[t]rʌ̱n da͟ʊn[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]rʌ̱n daʊn[/t]].)
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If someone is run-down, they are tired or slightly ill. [INFORMAL]

When 23-year-old Marilyn Brown started to feel run-down last December, it never occurred to her that she could have tuberculosis.

Syn:
under the weather
2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A run-down building or area is in very poor condition.

They have put substantial funds into rebuilding one of the most run-down areas in Scotland.

...a run-down block of flats.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A run-down place of business is not as active as it used to be or does not have many customers.

...a run-down slate quarry...

He bought a run-down television station.

4) N-SING: N of n When the run-down of an industry or organization takes place, its size or the amount of work that it does is reduced. [mainly BRIT]

...the impetus behind the rundown of the coal industry.

5) N-SING: usu N of/on n If you give someone a run-down of a group of things or a run-down on something, you give them details about it. [INFORMAL]

Here's a rundown of the options...

This full-colour supplement includes full race details, plus a comprehensive run-down on all the British hopefuls.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run down — {v.} (stress on down ) 1. To crash against and knock down or sink. * /Jack rode his bicycle too fast and almost ran down his little brother./ * /It was so foggy that the steamship almost ran down a small boat leaving port./ Compare: RUN INTO(3a) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run|down — «RUHN DOWN», noun. Informal. an account; summary: »a rundown of the week s news. The speaker gave a brief rundown on his career. run down «adjective. RUHN DOWN; noun. RUHN DOWN», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. tired; sick: »If you are generally “run… …   Useful english dictionary

  • run-down — ˈrun down adjective PROPERTY a building or area that is run down is in very bad condition: • We have a contract to renovate five run down apartment buildings. * * * Ⅰ. run down UK US (also rundown) /ˌrʌnˈdaʊn/ adjective ► PROPERTY …   Financial and business terms

  • run-down — adj 1.) a building or area that is run down is in very bad condition ▪ a run down inner city area 2.) [not before noun] someone who is run down is tired and not healthy ▪ You look a bit run down …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • run down — (someone/something) 1. to search for and find someone or something. We spend a lot of money each year running down students who are out of school illegally. The software giant spent months running down bugs in the program and fixing them. The… …   New idioms dictionary

  • run-down — /run down /, adj. 1. fatigued; weary; exhausted. 2. in a state of poor health: He was in a run down condition from months of overwork. 3. in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run down house. 4. (of a spring operated device) not… …   Universalium

  • run-down — adjective 1. ) so tired that you do not feel well: Evie had been working too hard and was feeling run down. 2. ) in bad condition because no one has spent money on repairs: This area of San Francisco is poor and run down …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • run down — (someone) to injure or kill someone with a vehicle. He s accused of running down two pedestrians while driving drunk. She tried to run us down! …   New idioms dictionary

  • run down — ► run down 1) knoc k down with a vehicle. 2) criticize unfairly or unkindly. 3) reduce or become reduced in size or resources. 4) lose or cause to lose power; stop functioning. 5) gradually deteriorate. Main Entry: ↑run …   English terms dictionary

  • run-down — [adj] shabby, in bad shape abandoned, beat up, below par, broken down, crumbling, debilitated, decrepit, derelict, deserted, desolate, dilapidated, dingy, dogeared*, down at the heel*, drained, enervated, exhausted, fatigued, forsaken, frowzy*,… …   New thesaurus


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