the run-up to something

the run-up to something
the period of time just before an important event

There's so much to do in the run-up to Christmas.


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  • (the) run-up to something — the run up to something phrase the period of time just before an important event There’s so much to do in the run up to Christmas. Thesaurus: general periods of timehyponym periods of successsynonym Main entry: run up …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) fag end of something — the fag end of something phrase the last and worst part of something The debate will be held in the run up to the general election at the fag end of the Parliament. Thesaurus: ends, finishes and final stagessynonym Main entry: fag end …   Useful english dictionary

  • the fag end of something — the last and worst part of something The debate will be held in the run up to the general election at the fag end of the Parliament …   English dictionary

  • The run — Run Run, n. 1. The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick run; to go on the run. [1913 Webster] 2. A small stream; a brook; a creek. [1913 Webster] 3. That which runs or flows in the course of a certain operation, or during a certain …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The run of the mill — Run Run, n. 1. The act of running; as, a long run; a good run; a quick run; to go on the run. [1913 Webster] 2. A small stream; a brook; a creek. [1913 Webster] 3. That which runs or flows in the course of a certain operation, or during a certain …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • run the risk of doing something — run the risk (of (doing something)) to make possible a particular result. When doctors fail to follow government guidelines, they run the risk of being sued by their patients. Usage notes: sometimes followed by a clause beginning with that: By… …   New idioms dictionary

  • run counter to something — run counter to (something) to be the opposite of something. The article presents facts that run counter to what many of us believed had happened …   New idioms dictionary

  • run off with something — run off with (something) to take something that does not belong to you. The dog ran off with my shoe …   New idioms dictionary

  • run short (of something) — phrase used for saying that you have used almost all of a particular thing and there is not much left Supplies were running short as winter came on. The party had just begun and we were already running short of beer. Thesaurus: to use all or a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • run rings around something — run rings around (someone/something) to show much more skill or ability than someone or something else. International gangs of art thieves have run rings around national police. Olympic hockey runs rings around the game played by professionals …   New idioms dictionary

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