Could you explain word-usage of 'run me out'. I think it means the same as 'You can't just run out on her.' What verbs work in the same ways? I mean - Are there some general rules in gramma about that.

I toId you nobody runs me out.

I see that below the meaning of 'run him out' has opposite meaning.

In the oId days, before Mackenna ran him out of the territory...

From 'Mackenna's Gold' film.


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They are just different idiomatic expressions with the verb "run":

Run (one) out (of some place):

To chase one away with force or the threat of force or punishment.

  • The sheriff ran the bandits out of town last winter, but it looks like they're back again. The security guard ran us out before we could sneak into the warehouse.

Run out (on):

To abandon a romantic relationship with one. Often followed by "on (someone)."

  • I don't know what I'll do if Sarah runs out on me. I thought Jack really loved me, but he ran out as soon as I wasn't earning as much money as I used to.

(The Free Dictionary)

  • I saw translation that it means 'run from her'. I think 'I toId you nobody runs me out.' means 'I toId you nobody runs from me.' but why?
    – Vitaly
    Sep 12, 2018 at 13:32
  • I must say I think it's a bit "odd" for that dictionary definition to "particularise" the sense of to run out on = to abandon as being specifically relevant to the ending of a romantic relationship. Sep 12, 2018 at 13:34
  • @FumbleFingers - It appears to be a sense suggested also by other dictionaries: [run out on someone] to suddenly leave your wife, husband, or partner Jane’s husband ran out on her when their children were still young. macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/run-out-on - oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/run-out-on
    – user29952
    Sep 12, 2018 at 13:38
  • @Vitaly - what means "run from her"? Which translation are you referring to? She ran me out means she sent me away. She ran out (on) me means she left me.
    – user29952
    Sep 12, 2018 at 13:46
  • It was about 'run out on her' But for me the main question was about 'run me out' on the end of a sentense, Can I replace it into 'run out me' 'leave me' 'run out on me' or 'run from me'.
    – Vitaly
    Sep 12, 2018 at 13:53

There are two completely different phrasal verbs here...

1: to run [someone] out [of (some location)]
- to chase [someone] away with force or the threat of force or punishment. (thefreedictionary)

2: to run out on [someone]
- to abandon or leave [someone]. (thefreedictionary)

Note that there are several other phrasal verbs involving to run, including (but not limited to)...

3: to run out [of something]
- to finish, use, or sell all of something, so that there is none left. (Cambridge Dictionary)

4: to run into [someone]
- to meet [someone] by chance. (Oxford Learners Dictionaries)

  • so 'run me out' the same as 'run out me' can mean 'to leave' or not?
    – Vitaly
    Sep 12, 2018 at 13:40
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    @Vitaly - No, we wouldn't say "run out me"; that doesn't make any sense. Neither one means "to leave". "Jim ran Bob out" means Jim made Bob leave.
    – stangdon
    Sep 12, 2018 at 15:14
  • @stangdon: Grrr! Your comment reminds me that the of [some location] element isn't necessarily required in usage #1 above. Which I had considered at time of writing my answer, but decided to ignore because it would require slightly awkward typography. Ho hum! I guess I'd better edit it in. (Better to be precise than concise! :) Sep 12, 2018 at 15:42

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