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 Runs may Read (He that).Running Footman. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Running.
 
Quite out of the running. Quite out of court, not worthy of consideration. A horse which has been “scratched” is quite out of the running. (See SCRATCHED.)   1
 


 Runs may Read (He that).Running Footman. 

 
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