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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Deception, usually in the form of evasive excuses.
  • n. Printing Type set in a column narrower than the body of the text, as on either side of a picture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evasive explanation in the form of multiple excuses
  • n. A section of type that is narrower than that of the column it is part of; typically next to an illustration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a delaying or evasive, and sometimes deceptive, answer to an inquiry or request.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A new or artificial channel by which the whole or a portion of the water of a stream is diverted from its usual channel and flows around an obstacle, such as a dam or ice-gorge, and returns again to its normal channel below the obstruction.
  • n. In medicine, paronychia; whitlow.

Etymologies

From the phrasal verb run around (Wiktionary)

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