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Noun: runoff  'rún,óf
  1. The occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
    - overflow, overspill
  2. A final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner
Verb: run off  rún óf
  1. Run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
    "the accountant ran off with the cash from the safe";
    - abscond, bolt, absquatulate [N. Amer], decamp, go off, make off, make away
  2. Leave suddenly and as if in a hurry
    "When she started to tell silly stories, I ran off";
    - run out, bolt, bolt out, beetle off
  3. Force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
    "The supermarket had to run off many disappointed customers";
    - chase away, drive out, turn back, drive away, dispel, drive off
  4. Run away secretly with one's beloved
    "The young couple ran off and got married in Las Vegas";
    - elope
  5. Run off as waste
    "The water runs off back into the ocean";
    - waste
  6. Reproduce by xerography
    - photocopy, xerox
  7. (game) decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff

Derived forms: run off, running off, runs off, ran off, runoffs

See also: race

Type of: compete, contend, course, cut and run [informal], displace, election, feed, flee, flow, flowing, fly, go away, go forth, leave, move, off [informal], poll, reproduce, run, take flight, vie

Encyclopedia: Runoff

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