run down v.
1. to denigrate someone, to slander someone.
|Princess of Cleve II iii: After all, they’ll thus run you down, and say your Grace is no Scholar.|
|An Evening’s Love I i: I am revenged on you, for running down my poor old master.|
|Tatler No. 226 n.p.: He found himself run down as a superficial prating Quack.|
|Hist. of the Two Orphans III 200: Their excellency lies in rude, choquing expressions, and what they call running a man down.|
|Sporting Mag. Oct. XVII 42/2: Nymphs of renown, / Who with smiles and grimaces – are running her down!|
|Life and Adventures of Dr Dodimus Duckworth II 70: But ’tis’nt my business to run down my neighbours.|
|Clockmaker I 54: I don’t like to hear you run down king Solomon neither.|
|Clockmaker III 228: It don’t do to run down everything either, especially to the ladies.|
|Margaret (1851) I 189: ‘Gummy!’ retorted the woman. ‘He has been a talkin’ about me, and a runnin’ of me down.’.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Semi-Attached Couple (1979) 140: Now, my dear Beaufort, do not you join to run down poor Stuart.|
|Reuben Sachs (2001) 63: He is always running them down.|
|Colonial Reformer II 10: I mean it to apply to all of you men who run down the poor Count so.|
|Hookey 141: All our men-servants are very nice. The other gals don’t think so; an’ always run ’em down.|
|Marvel 6 Oct. 308: You know I ain’t one of those who run down Andrews.|
|Arthur’s 298: An’ mind you, ’e is MY BOY, an’ anybody as runs ’im down ’ll learn about it. I can put ’em up all right.|
|‘Word-List From West Brattleboro’ in DN III:vi 454: run down, v. To depreciate, disparage. ‘He run down the whole town and all the people.’.|
|Ulysses 696: She was edging to draw down a conversation about husbands and talk about him to run him down.|
|Night and the City 128: You can run me down and call me names.|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 267: It’s no good running down the government.|
|Halo For Satan (1949) 146: It suddenly hit him [...] that he’d been running down a customer and the customer might find out about it.|
|(con. 1941) Twenty Thousand Thieves 148: You wouldn’t be any happier there judging by the way you’re running the colonel down.|
|Criminal (1993) 17: They were always running someone down.|
|Owning Up (1974) 57: Mick, whose ears are as sharp as his eyes are dim, was always hearing Paul running him down as a musician.|
|London Embassy 70: Just because you like English schools doesn’t mean you have to run down American ones.|
|Indep. Rev. 19 May 1: Don’t run Easington down.|
2. (W.I.) to seduce someone, to persuade them to become one’s lover.
|Bastard (1963) 26: The women in this town run the men down. [Ibid.] 69: Say, kid, why did you start hustling? [...] What made you start running down men?|
|‘I’m Alabama Bound’ [lyrics] Oh, the rooster crowed, / And the hen looked ’round, / Says, ‘If you want me to love you, / You gotta run me down.’.|
3. to rehearse, to practise, to explain.
|Down Beat 1 Dec. 10: We ran down three new instrumentals.|
|Blow Up a Storm 19: I distributed the parts and we ran it down.|
|Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 410: He could run down the Civil War, shot for shot.|
|Pimp 47: I flapped my ears when I heard one of the white repeaters running down the joint [...] to a fish.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 7: Teaching English in some little ivy-covered brick schoolhouse in New England – running down Jack London to all those blond little plumpling dumpling kids.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 169: He had Marty run down the score for him.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 73: They laid that shit out and ran it down.|
|Pimp’s Rap 84: Let me run you down some of my rap.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 576: Bayard ran it down. Bayard described mirrors and mike plants. Bayard described a fruit squeeze.|
4. to verbalize.
|Farm (1968) 94: I cut it off by running down my holebit and the thing that brought it on.|
|Seize the Time 42: I had always been running down about how we need this organization, that organization, but never anything concrete.|
see under line n.1
see under game n.
(mainly US black) to explain, to point out facts.
|Rally Round the Flag, Boys! (1959) 151: You guys [...] run it [i.e. an idea] down, and wrap it up.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 213: That’s one way, but run it to me anyway.|
|Howard Street 181: Didn’t I just run it down to you?|
|(con. 1950s) Whoreson 109: Sit down mellow and run it to me.|
|Chili 52: She ran it all down to me.|
|Homeboy 152: The way Whisper ran it down, before the midsixties, there were no racist gangs in California’s penitentiaries.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 42: My mother would have seemed the person most likely to run it [i.e. the ‘facts of life’] down.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 79: I reckon Phil will run it all down to ya. It’s about him and Jazz.|