Definition of run-up noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrʌn ʌp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌn ʌp//
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  1. 1(less frequent run-in) run-up (to something) a period of time leading up to an important event; the preparation for this an increase in spending in the run-up to Christmas during the run-up to the election The shops are fully stocked for the Christmas run-up.
  2. 2the act of running or the distance you run, to gain speed before you jump a long distance, throw a ball, etc. The bowler started his run-up. She takes a longer run-up than most high-jumpers.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: run-up