I overheard Alex talking to his brother-in-law, Bobby, about making a… a run.

Is there an another meaning of 'making a run'?

This is a dialogue from a TV show. And Alex who is a mayor candidate committed a crime. So he wants to cover it. He doesn't want to run away.

However, I found 'make a run' in dictionary and It says 'escape' 'attempt to win/or do something'. So I wonder there is an another meaning of 'making a run' that makes sense of this dialogue.

Please help me understand it perfectly! (My native language is not English, please be kind to me. :-))

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"Make a run" can, in some contexts, mean "make an attempt". Very often you hear this in the setting of "make a run for office", meaning to present oneself as a candidate for a political office.

In your limited context it's a little unclear what precise meaning is intended.

  • I know this context is limited. But, thank you for telling me about another meaning of 'Make a run'. Thank you! Oct 10, 2019 at 22:05

Making a run for it

To abscond - possibly to avoid legal attention

Making a run for [goods]

To go to the shop, get the goods, then come back

Making a run for office

Attempt to get elected into office

Making a run of leaflets

To print a batch of leaflets

Making a run in my stocking (Thanks Hot Licks)

To cause a ladder/hole in the material of your stockings

Making a run in cricket

To score 1 point in cricket by running to the opposite wicket (unlikely in this context)

This list is not exhaustive - there are also other 'runs' you could make (eg you could make a run for mountain bikes, a bobsleigh run, a run on a bank) but I'll leave commenters to add these

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    You left out "make a run in my stocking".
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 11, 2019 at 12:14

Make a run to buy something. Eg: "Make a coffee run"

Granted without specifying what you're running for the common assumption is something criminal but it would give plausible deniability.

  • Also for another excuse he could claim he said "take a run" which just means attempting something. eg "take a run at convincing [district] to vote for me".
    – Mike
    Oct 10, 2019 at 21:21
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    My assumption is 'making a run' is political without any other context. But perhaps we aren't too far apart... Oct 11, 2019 at 16:04

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