Also, run in the family. Be characteristic of a family or passed on from one generation to the next, as in That happy-go-lucky trait runs in the blood, or Big ears run in the family. The first term dates from the early 1600s, the second from the late 1700s.
- Run into a buzz saw
run into a buzz saw
- Run into a stone wall
Also, run into a brick wall. Encounter an insurmountable barrier to progress, as in We tried to get faster approval from the town and ran into a stone wall, or For Allan, learning a foreign language amounted to running into a brick wall.
- Run into the ground
run into the ground run into the ground 1. Pursue a topic until it has been thoroughly discussed or exhausted, as in They’ve run the abortion issue into the ground. 2. Ruin or destroy, as in During her brief time as chief executive Marjorie just about ran the company into the ground. Both usages allude […]
- Run its course
Proceed to its logical or natural conclusion, as in The doctor said the cold would probably run its course within a week. This idiom employs course in the sense of “an onward movement in a particular path.” [ Second half of 1500s ]