runs, the n.
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 70: She gave me the shankers, likewise the runners too. / And in about ten days the blue balls was in view.|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 85: I don’t feel so good [...] I got the runners. They came on all of a sudden.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 10: My stomach’s been a brute. Gas, the runs, and feeling crummy in general.|
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 212: He found some really foul stuff and told the Fifth [Engineer] that he ahd to take it [...] he reckoned it had to be strong enough to give the Fith the runs.diary 9 May in|
|Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 80: I think I am getting the runs.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 61: I had the runs and I couldn’t get [...] far away from the toilet.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) More Snatches and Lays 70: Little Bill has got the runs.‘Please Don’t Burn Our Shithouse Down’ in|
|Snapper 209: She’d wanted to go to the toilet really badly, like she had the runs.|
|Jake’s Long Shadow 71: He might have the runs, hahaha!|
|Killer Tune (2008) 20: Why couldn’t he just be like other people and migraines or rashes or the runs?|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 18: Got a guy feeding me his work sites so I can show up, give him the runs.|
2. in fig. use, an image of uncontrolled excess.
|Chili 57: You drink wine there [i.e. San Francisco]. or smoke. or whatever. Some people get the spiritual runs there.|
(US) suffering from diarrhoea.
|Men from the Boys (1967) 24: Not eating or drinking much, being on the run this last week, along with the heat, had taken about ten pounds off me.|