run out

run out  {v.}
1a. To come to an end; be used up.
Jerry almost got across the brook on the slippery stones but his luck ran out and he slipped and fell.
We'd better do our Christmas shopping; time is running out.
Syn.: GIVE OUT (5).
1b. To use all of the supply; be troubled by not having enough.
The car ran out of gas three miles from town.
Millie never runs out of ideas for clever party decorations.
Compare: RUN SHORT.
2.  {informal}
To force to leave; expel.
Federal agents ran the spies out of the country.
Categories: time {informal} {v.}