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run on (2)

Meaning: to continue for longer than expected

Synonym: go on

For example:

  • run on The new stadium is scheduled to be finished next June, but it looks like it could run on a bit longer.

  • run on The lecture is usually over by four o'clock, but sometimes it runs on for five or ten minutes.

Quick Quiz:

The meeting ran on for about twenty minutes because
  1. we did everything quickly
  2. we had a lot to do
  3. we ran out of time

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