Can "run-through" be possibly a noun? Is it possible at all? If yes, can you, please, come up with a sentence that would contain this noun? Can you also, please, describe a situation, in which that sentence would naturally apply? Please note that I don't need those cases, in which "run-through" would act more like a modifier to another word ("He chose a run-through mode for his system", "There is a need in a run-through program", "Another run-through strategy will ruin the whole project", etc.)

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    Any word can possibly be a noun in English. Whether it gets used in that way more than a handful of times is a different question, and generally unpredictable. – Colin Fine Jan 14 '11 at 14:29

We were all off book so we did a run-through of the entire script.

This is an acting term. A "run-through" is a preliminary practice performance of a play, done complete without interruption.

Note: "off book" means an actor has his/her lines committed to memory.

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    It’s also used in various other performing contexts besides acting: I’m familiar with it from music (“In our last rehearsal, we will do a complete run-through of the symphony.”) and from talks/lectures (“I was a bit nervous about my conference talk, so I did an extra run-through in my hotel room the night before.”) – PLL Jan 14 '11 at 18:34

The night before her big speech, Carla gave it one last run-through.

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Just to add my two cents, it can also be used in the context of performing a practice drill, as in: "We did a run-through of the code blue response and our times were terrible."

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