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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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runaboutrun‧a‧bout /ˈrʌnəbaʊt/ noun [countable]  informalTTC a small car used for short journeys
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runaboutBut nose to bumper she followed Lucy's city runabout and it was fine.Jak, 45, of Middleton-St-George, Darlington, bought his runabout machine for a couple of hundred pounds.Special all-day Purbeck Line runabout tickets are available during the weekend at £5 for adults and just £2.50 for children.They will train again on Thursday, in private, and then have a public runabout at Rubislaw on Friday.
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