To run down

To cease to work or operate on account of the exhaustion of the motive power; - said of clocks, watches, etc.
To decline in condition; as, to run down in health.
(Hunting) To chase till the object pursued is captured or exhausted; as, to run down a stag
(Naut.) To run against and sink, as a vessel
To crush; to overthrow; to overbear
To disparage; to traduce.
- Berkeley.

See also: Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run

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He said: "It is the height of irresponsibility to allow the clock to run down to such an extent.
Director Polly Findlay's pacy production puts great import on time, and designer Fly Davis accommodates this with a digital clock, constantly in view and set to run down for two hours precisely after the murder of the wheelchair-bound King Duncan (David Acton).
"A person tried to run down two soldiers from the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment in Varces, for unknown reasons," a source close to the investigation said.
Bank Holiday Monday, May 25 Arriva Trains Wales services will start to run down from 2.30pm on the Bank Holiday and will stop completely from 5pm.
If my father had been born to the aristocracy, instead of being a humble Cadbury worker, I wouldn't have had to run down the Soho Road in fear of losing my job - or 51/2d out of my wage!
I tried to run down the hill and he fired another one, and when I'd run down the corner he went off in the car." She added: "I felt it go past my ponytail on the back of my hair when I bent down.
Officer Shachar Mizrachi shot a thief who attempted to run down police.
Mr French said: "It takes about 30 seconds to run down three flights.
Londoners are most likely to run down the power in their batteries' while Scots are the most likely to mix up their fuels.
When your opponent is ahead near the end of the game, they will seek to run time off the clock--allow the play clock to run down 20 or more seconds before snapping the ball.
A THUG jailed for nine years for callously trying to run down a policeman has been moved to a cushy low security prison after just a MONTH inside, The People can reveal.