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1. A point-by-point summary.
2. Baseball A play in which a runner is trapped between bases and is pursued by fielders attempting to make the tag.
adj. also run-down (rŭn′doun′)
a. In poor physical condition; weak or exhausted.
b. Dirty and dilapidated: rundown housing projects.
2. Unwound and not running: a run-down watch.
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1. fatigued; exhausted.
2. in poor health.
3. in neglected or dilapidated condition.
4. (of a clock, watch, etc.) not running because it is unwound.



1. a short summary.
2. Baseball. pursuit of a runner caught between bases by two or more players of the opposing team.
[1905–10, Amer.]
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Noun1.rundown - a concluding summary (as in presenting a case before a law court)
summary, sum-up - a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form; "he gave a summary of the conclusions"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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A condensation of the essential or main points of something:
Informal: recap.
1. Extremely tired:
Informal: beat, bushed, tuckered (out).
Slang: done in, fagged (out), pooped (out).
Idioms: all in, ready to drop.
2. Falling to ruin:
3. Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Slang: ratty.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
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[ˈrʌndaʊn] N
1. (= slowing down, reduction) [of industry etc] → cierre m gradual; [of activity, production] → disminución f, reducción f
2. (= résumé) → resumen m (on de) to give sb a rundownponer a algn al tanto
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run-down [ˈrʌndaʊn] n
(mainly British) [industry, organization] → désengagement m
(on situation, details)récapitulatif m
to give sb a rundown on sth → donner à qn un récapitulatif de qchrun-down run down [ˌrʌnˈdaʊn] adj
(= under the weather) [person] → vanné(e)
to be run down → être vanné(e)
(= neglected) [area, building, estate] → délabré(e)
[business] → qui périclite
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(of factory, shop)(allmähliche) Auflösung; (of department, stock, personnel)Abbau m
(inf: = report) → Bericht m, → Zusammenfassung f; to give somebody a rundown on somethingjdn über etw (acc)informieren, jdm einen Bericht über etw (acc)geben
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(ran) present participle ˈrunning: past tense ran (rӕn) : past participle run verb
1. (of a person or animal) to move quickly, faster than walking. He ran down the road.
2. to move smoothly. Trains run on rails.
3. (of water etc) to flow. Rivers run to the sea; The tap is running.
4. (of a machine etc) to work or operate. The engine is running; He ran the motor to see if it was working.
5. to organize or manage. He runs the business very efficiently.
6. to race. Is your horse running this afternoon?
7. (of buses, trains etc) to travel regularly. The buses run every half hour; The train is running late.
8. to last or continue; to go on. The play ran for six weeks.
9. to own and use, especially of cars. He runs a Rolls Royce.
10. (of colour) to spread. When I washed my new dress the colour ran.
11. to drive (someone); to give (someone) a lift. He ran me to the station.
12. to move (something). She ran her fingers through his hair; He ran his eyes over the letter.
13. (in certain phrases) to be or become. The river ran dry; My blood ran cold (= I was afraid).
1. the act of running. He went for a run before breakfast.
2. a trip or drive. We went for a run in the country.
3. a length of time (for which something continues). He's had a run of bad luck.
4. a ladder (in a stocking etc). I've got a run in my tights.
5. the free use (of a place). He gave me the run of his house.
6. in cricket, a batsman's act of running from one end of the wicket to the other, representing a single score. He scored/made 50 runs for his team.
7. an enclosure or pen. a chicken-run.
ˈrunner noun
1. a person who runs. There are five runners in this race.
2. the long narrow part on which a sledge etc moves. He polished the runners of the sledge; an ice-skate runner.
3. a long stem of a plant which puts down roots.
ˈrunning adjective
1. of or for running. running shoes.
2. continuous. a running commentary on the football match.
one after another; continuously. We travelled for four days running.
ˈrunny adjective
liquid; watery. Do you like your egg yolk firm or runny?; The baby has a runny nose.
ˈrunaway noun
a person, animal etc that runs away. The police caught the two runaways; (also adjective) a runaway horse.
ˌrunˈdown adjective
tired or exhausted because one has worked too hard. He feels run-down.
ˌrunner-ˈup noun
a person, thing etc that is second in a race or competition. My friend won the prize and I was the runner-up.
ˈrunway noun
a wide path from which aircraft take off and on which they land. The plane landed on the runway.
in/out of the running
having (no) chance of success. She's in the running for the job of director.
on the run
escaping; running away. He's on the run from the police.
run across
to meet. I ran across an old friend.
run after
to chase. The dog ran after a cat.
run aground
(of a ship) to become stuck on rocks etc.
run along
to go away. Run along now, children!
run away
1. to escape. He ran away from school.
2. (with with) to steal. He ran away with all her money.
3. (with with) to go too fast etc to be controlled by. The horse ran away with him.
run down
1. (of a clock, battery etc) to finish working. My watch has run down – it needs rewinding.
2. (of a vehicle or driver) to knock down. I was run down by a bus.
3. to speak badly of. He is always running me down.
run for
to stand for election for. He is running for president.
run for it
to try to escape. Quick – run for it!
run in
to get (a new engine etc) working properly.
run into
1. to meet. I ran into her in the street.
2. to crash into or collide with. The car ran into a lamp-post.
run its course
to develop or happen in the usual way. The fever ran its course.
run off
1. to print or copy. I want 500 copies run off at once.
2. (with with) to steal or take away. He ran off with my wife.
run out
1. (of a supply) to come to an end. The food has run out.
2. (with of) to have no more. We've run out of money.
run over
1. (of a vehicle or driver) to knock down or drive over. Don't let the dog out of the garden or he'll get run over.
2. to repeat for practice. Let's run over the plan again.
run a temperature
to have a fever.
run through
to look at, deal with etc, one after another. He ran through their instructions.
run to
to have enough money for. We can't run to a new car this year.
run up
1. to hoist (a flag).
2. to make quickly or roughly. I can run up a dress in a couple of hours.
3. to collect up, accumulate (debts). He ran up an enormous bill.
run wild
to go out of control. They let their children run wild; The garden was running wild.
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Now, Shoemaker is done for the year with a knee injury, but no one is calling for an end to rundowns.
Mobile apps for Google Android and Apple iOS tablets as well as smartphones give reporters and editors working remotely instant access to all wires, rundowns and assignments.
If your team has worked on rundowns, you may be instructed to make the throw when the tagging infielder yells "now!" If it's your call, make a firm, chest-high throw when the baserunner is fully committed to a base and there is just enough time for your teammate to field it and apply the tag.
Rundowns, knuckleballs, clutch hits by backup catchers, no hits by designated hitters and a pitch that went 15 feet.
We hit ground balls, turn double-plays, and execute bunt coverages, pickoffs, and rundowns.
Rundowns between 1st & 2nd, 2nd & 3rd, and 3rd & home simultaneously (10 minutes).
Note: The outfielders' involvement in rundowns is contingent upon the distances that they have to go for back-up positions.