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run across

This page is about the phrasal verb run across.

Meaning: to meet somebody by chance, or to find something by chance

Synonym: come across

For example:

  • run across sth/sb Did you run across any old friends at the concert?

  • run across sth/sb While I was cleaning out a cupboard I came ran across some tapes I'd made with my band about twenty years ago.

Quick Quiz:

Charlie ran across an old friend when he

a. went to his house

b. was walking in the street

c. met him for dinner

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