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run down

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to hit and seriously injure (a person) while driving one's vehicle, or to hit and knock over (a standing object) with one's vehicle.
They never found the driver who ran that man down near the bus stop last year.The driver lost control and ran down a stop sign.
definition 2: to criticize (someone or something) harshly.
After the mayor's controversial speech, his detractors ran him down in the press.
belittle, decry, depreciate, diminish, disparage, dispraise, excoriate
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censure, criticize, degrade, discredit
definition 3: to chase (someone) until found or captured.
The police finally ran down the suspect in Alabama.I wanted to invite my busy new neighbor over for coffee, but I had to run her down first.
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chase, ferret, stalk, trace, track
definition 4: to examine or review (a list or the like), sometimes verbally.
She ran down each of the major points in the chapter.The boss started the meeting by running down the list of items that he wanted to discuss.
look over, review, scan, skim
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definition 5: to track down information on (something), or trace the source of (something).
I need you to run down the names on this list.
definition 6: of a clock or other device with moving parts; to come to the end of operation.
All his old clocks finally ran down.I feel as if my body is running down now.