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Difference between Do a runner and Do the running

do a runner(sl.) run away in order not to pay the bill, avoid punishment, etc.:

  • If we put any pressure on Sorley he’ll get rid of the drugs and do a runner.

do the running —(also: make the running ) show initiative; make sure that things get done:

  • Men are no longer expected to do all the running at the beginning of a relationship.