Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(make/take) a run at something

make a run at somethingtake a run at something
Meaning(s)
1) attempt to accomplish, solve, or achieve something
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    • take a run at fixing a problem
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  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The politician announced her intention to make a run at the presidency next year.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Neil had been working on the issue for some time without success, so I asked him if he minded me taking a run at it.
    2. When David retires, his position will be up for grabs. I would be very surprised if Helen, with all her experience, didn't take a run at it.
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