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Idiom

Do a Runner: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To leave a place quickly in order to escape trouble, avoid a difficult situation or to avoid paying for something.
Origin
fight fire with fireThis idiom originated from the practice of running out of restaurants quickly to avoid paying the bill or running away from the police.
Examples
“I know it will be difficult seeing Julie tonight but if you do a runner you’ll regret it tomorrow.”

“My nanny did a runner last week and no-one has seen or heard from her since. I was angry that she left so suddenly but I really hope she’s ok.”

Steve: “Oh no, I’ve forgotten my wallet! Should we do a runner?”
Jack: “Of course not. We can’t leave without paying! I’ll pay…again.”