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."

Primary Meanings of run into

1.
v
collide violently with an obstacle
2.
v
be beset by
Full Definitions of run into
1

v collide violently with an obstacle

“I ran into the telephone pole”
Synonyms:
bump into, butt against, jar against, knock against
Type of:
collide with, hit, impinge on, strike
hit against; come into sudden contact with

v 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
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

v come together

Synonyms:
come across, encounter, meet, run across, see
assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet
collect in one place
Types:
cross, intersect
meet at a point
cross
meet and pass
2

v be beset by

“The project ran into numerous financial difficulties”
Synonyms:
encounter
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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