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running low

This page is about the collocation running low

collocation pattern: verb + adjective

Meaning

almost used up or almost exhausted, esp. of fuel, supplies, foods, drinks, etc.

For example

  • We're running low on beer, so I'd better go and get some more.

  • Our plane was running low on fuel and there was nowhere to land, so we had a serious problem.

Quick Quiz

If your car's running low, it means

a. it makes a low sound when running

b. it's got a low-performance motor

c. it's nearly out of petrol or gas

Contributor: Matt Errey