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 Run of the House (The).Runs may Read (He that). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The tub runs—leaks, or lets out water. In this and all similar phrases the verb run means to “be in a running state.” Thus we have “the ulcer runs,” “the cup runs over,” “the rivers run blood,” “the field runs with blood.”   1

 Run of the House (The).Runs may Read (He that). 


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