Definition of running sore noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    running sore

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  1. 1a small area on the body that is infected and has liquid (calledpus) coming out of it a neglected animal covered in running sores
  2. 2(figurative) Mining and the condition of miners has been a running sore (= a serious continuous problem) in the country for many years.
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