run into

When you run into someone, you either physically bump against them, or you unexpectedly encounter them. Your bike might run into a mailbox, and as you limp slowly home, you may run into your sister.

If a car runs into a telephone pole, there are bound to be injuries — to the car and the pole, if not to the driver and passengers. But if you run into your best friend from kindergarten when you're visiting Disney World, it's much more pleasant. You can also run into problems or delays: "We're bound to run into difficulties when we try to build the world's largest gingerbread house."

Definitions of run into
  1. verb
    collide violently with an obstacle
    “I ran into the telephone pole”
    synonyms: bump into, butt against, jar against, knock against
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    type of:
    collide with, hit, impinge on, strike
    hit against; come into sudden contact with
  2. verb
    hit against; come into sudden contact with
    synonyms: collide with, hit, impinge on, strike
    strike
    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
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    Antonyms:
    miss
    fail to reach
    types:
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    stub
    strike (one's toe) accidentally against an object
    ping
    hit with a pinging noise
    bang, spang
    leap, jerk, bang
    rear-end
    collide with the rear end of
    broadside
    collide with the broad side of
    connect
    land on or hit solidly
    spat
    strike with a sound like that of falling rain
    thud
    strike with a dull sound
    bottom
    strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom
    bottom out
    hit the ground
    bump, knock
    knock against with force or violence
    bump into, butt against, jar against, knock against
    collide violently with an obstacle
    clash, collide
    crash together with violent impact
    glance
    hit at an angle
    smash
    collide or strike violently and suddenly
    shock
    collide violently
    crash, ram
    undergo damage or destruction on impact
    type of:
    touch
    make physical contact with, come in contact with
  3. verb
    come together
    synonyms: come across, encounter, meet, run across, see
    assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet
    collect in one place
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    types:
    cross, intersect
    meet at a point
    cross
    meet and pass
  4. verb
    be beset by
    “The project ran into numerous financial difficulties”
    synonyms: encounter
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    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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