run up

This page is about the phrasal verb run up.

Meaning: If you run up a bill or a debt, you get goods or services on the understanding that you'll pay for them later.

For example:

  • run up sth How did they run up such a huge bill at the restaurant? Did they buy the place?

  • run sth up She ran all these debts up while travelling in Europe, and now it'll take her years to pay them off.

Quick Quiz:

When executives of large corporations are travelling on business, they often run up very large

a. bills

b. hotels

c. mountains

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