running at large

running at large

adj. 1) referring to cattle or other animals which have escaped from an enclosure and are wandering. The owner will be liable for damage caused by such animals. 2) political campaigning by a candidate running for an office from no specific district, but from an entire city, county, or state.

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Though even now I greatly marvel to see this animal running at large!"
Josie Pye never scrupled to ask questions; in this instance the rest of the class felt grateful to her; none of them would have dared to ask it of Miss Stacy, but all wanted to, for there had been alarming rumors running at large through the school for some time that Miss Stacy was not coming back the next year--that she had been offered a position in the grade school of her own home district and meant to accept.
*Vincent Peck, 50, of Moweaqua was cited Apr.10 with two ordinance violations: dog running at large, Apr.
A bill in the House of Delegates would let localities fine people whose dogs are "running at large," that is, roaming on other people's property, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Kabbara added that Hashem Salman's Hizbullah murderers still running at large is a case in point.