American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Football A play in which the ball carrier attempts to run around one end of the defensive line.
- n. Informal A maneuver in which impediments are bypassed, often by deceit or trickery: made an end run around the departmental finance officer in order to increase the budget.
- n. A running play in American football in which the player carrying the ball attempts to avoid being tackled by evading the defending players from the opposing team
- n. informal, by extension An attempt to avoid a difficult situation by transcending it without confronting it directly
- n. (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
“The Annan-Eliasson end run to Rice having failed, Malloch Brown called Burns, trying a different end run.”
“Taylor tried a vain end run around the seating ( "Oh, I'm sorry, was I supposed to sit there?"), Ada smilingly steered her away from Bosk's girlfriend (a potential source of information about the "project"), scolding, "Boy, girl, boy, girl.”
“It would take some politicking and an end run around the Legion brass, but with patience-and the liberal use of a Dilithium Express card-it ought to be possible.”
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