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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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ILL-RUN, adj. 1. Made so as to run or move badly or awkwardly, hence fig., crabbed, cantankerous (Ork. 1958).Sc. 1777 Weekly Mag. (27 March) 43:
If you add to this the carelessness of many of our wrights, you will cease to wonder that the farmers have so many ill-run carriages.
Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 101:
Some folk can tak' an' gae a fun, An' yet no' be a bit ill-run.

2. For phr. ill-run dykesides, see Rin.

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