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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

To run for

Idiom: To run for

Example I:
Hillary: Bill, I think I’m going to run for President in the next election.
Bill: That would be great.  I’m sure you will do a great job.
Maria: Many people suggested I didn't run for it this time around, but I still think I can make a difference.
Neil: Go for it.  I will support you all the way.

Meaning: The expression "to run for" means to try or attempt something. 
In the example above, Hillary wants "to run for" president because she feels that she is capable of being a good president.

Example II:
Aaron: Dude, my date wants to marry me after only one date.
John: It’s a good idea to run for it.
Aaron: It’s a bit scary considering we just met.
John: Uh, yeah. The situation sounds a little intense.

Meaning: In this example, the expression "to run for" means to run away or get away (as far as possible) from someone/something. 

In the example above, John suggests "to run for it” because he feels that the person Aaron is dating may be pushing the relationship faster than normal.

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