Hello, folks. I'm reading a Shirley Jackson's story -The Lottery- and I came across this expression or word or whatever it is I can't understand. Here you are: “Thought my old man was out back stacking wood,” Mrs. Hutchinson went on, “and then I looked out the window and the kids was gone, and then I remembered it was the twenty-seventh and came a-running.” What does a-running mean? I haven't a clue, but I guess it can be a very simple thing. Could you help me? Thank you, Bones.