runaway train meaning, runaway train definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( runaways    plural  )
1       adj   You use runaway to describe a situation in which something increases or develops very quickly and cannot be controlled.  
ADJ n  
Our Grand Sale in June was a runaway success., ...a runaway best-seller.     
2       n-count   A runaway is someone, especially a child, who leaves home without telling anyone or without permission.  
oft N n  
...a teenage runaway.     
3       adj   A runaway vehicle or animal is moving forward quickly, and its driver or rider has lost control of it.  
ADJ n  
The runaway car careered into a bench, hitting an elderly couple...     
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used figuratively, a train crash means something disastrously bad
'this train crash of a policy'
mess, disaster
It is often used to describe how someone looks or feels. E.g: I'm a train wreck all day if I don't have a cup of coffee.
to train too much, to train excessively
Coaches can't overtrain the athletes before a championship.
to practice something excessively, to train too much
replacement of a rail transport service (tram, subway, train) with a bus
[Neologism] from "bus" and "substitution"
word used to describe the sound made by the wheels of a train
by extension, it can be applied to other rhythmic similar sounds (for example, the sound of a clock or of a typing machine)
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