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run-in

Meaning: a serious argument or problem with someone

For example:

  • Don was walking his dog when he had a run-in with someone he'd sold a used car to. The guy was angry about the problems he'd had with it.

  • One of my kids had a run-in with the law yesterday. He was stopped for speeding and then charged with driving an unregistered car.

Quick Quiz:

We could see that Terry was having a run-in with the guy because they were
  1. laughing together
  2. shaking hands
  3. shouting at each other

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