Caught in a rundown

adjective phrase

In an embarrassingand untenable plight: The imperilled Cuomo seemed to be constantly in motion. Sometimes he moved so desperately that he seemed to be caught in a rundown—a reminder that he had briefly been a center fielder with a Pittsburgh Pirates farm team (1970s+ fr baseball)


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