on the run

on the run
on the run
1. Fig. while one is moving from place to place. •

I will try to pick up some aspirin today on the run.

I will think about it on the run.

2. Fig. running from the police. •

Richard is on the run from the cops.

The gang of crooks is on the run.

* * *
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In a hurry; hurrying. * /Jane called "Help!" and Tom came on the run./ * /Modern mothers are usually on the run./ 2. Going away from a fight; in retreat; retreating. * /The enemy soldiers were on the run./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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