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Sarah
Is it a set phrase? Thank you. Not only did I vomit, but I had the runs. Is it a set phrase, have the runs? Thank you.
7 janv. 2016 15:37
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Yes, to 'the runs' is an informal expression meaning 'diarrhea'. The usual phrases are to 'get the runs' or 'have the runs', or for example 'Eating prunes always gives me the runs'. It's informal, but not especially vulgar.
7 janvier 2016
Thank you, Travis G.
7 janvier 2016
It is absolutely a set phrase, and is usually used to avoid other more 'direct' means of describing the condition. Used when you want to be a bit more 'delicate' or 'age appropriate' (around children for example).
7 janvier 2016
Sarah
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