ENGLISH VOCABULARY PRACTICE: Idioms using 'run'
LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced


Write the letter of the word(s) that best complete(s) each sentence:

a - runs dry
b - run out of steam
c - runs deep
d - run-down
e - run-of-the-mill
f - on the run
g - in the long run
h - run a red light
i - run that by me
j - a run for their money

1. The Miami Heat are the only team that can give the San Antonio Spurs this year. = The Miami Heat are the only team that can seriously compete with the San Antonio Spurs this year.

2. He is a good runner, but he tends to ( = lose energy) about half-way through the race.

3. There's nothing special about this pen. It's just a regular, pen.

4. It' a bad idea to . There are cops everywhere, and they will give you a ticket for this.

5. The hatred between them is deep-seated. = The hatred between them .

6. What are you going to do when all your money ? = What are you going to do when you have no more money?

7. The thieves were after the police realized they had robbed the bank.

8. again. = Tell me again what you just said.

9. This seems like a good idea now, but ( = as more time passes) it could turn out quite dangerous.

10. They live in a ( = delapidated) building in a poor part of the city.






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