a run on something

1) a situation in which a lot of people want to buy something at the same time

There's always a run on sunglasses at this time of year.

2) a time when a lot of people take their money out of a bank at the same time

Nervousness from investors led to a run on some banks.

3) a situation in which a lot of people sell a particular currency (= dollars, pounds, yen etc) with the result that its value falls

English dictionary. 2014.

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