A scene from the movie Warrior:

Paddy: Have a heart, Brendan.

Brendan: You listen to me. You take your "have a heart" bullshit and you run it down the road. Yeah, run it out with someone that doesn't know you like I do.

Are run it down the road and run it out phrasal verbs here? I can't find dictionary entries of these two phrasal verbs that fit this context. It appears Brendan is saying: "You take your bullshit elsewhere." But what does run mean here exactly? I know run is one of the words with the most meanings in the English language. But I have looked through the Oxford Dictionaries and Merriam Webster, but can't be sure which meaning this usage is.


This is very idiomatic usage, I'm not surprised that you don't find examples in the dictionary; I can't claim that I've ever heard either phrase. I think you're correct in considering them to be phrasal verbs.

Your analysis of the phrases is plausible.

Phrases I do hear in business contexts:

Let's run that idea past XXX

Meaning to seek XXX's opinion

Let's run that up the flagpole,

Meaning canvas the opinions of a wider community. That example is a shorter version of the complete phrase:

Let's run that up the flagpole, see whether anyone salutes

I'm then reading

run it out with someone that doesn't know you like I do

to mean: "take the idea to someone who will believe it"

and it is being used as a emphasis for the previous phrase

Take "Have a heart" somewhere else far away

Take it to someone who might believe it

  • +1 Thank you for the answer. In your second example, what do you mean by "optionally with"?
    – Eddie Kal
    Aug 5 '18 at 22:03
  • I've expanded the answer, hope it's clear now.
    – djna
    Aug 6 '18 at 4:57

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