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end run

Football.. Also called end sweep, sweep. a running play in which the ball-carrier attempts to outflank the defensive end.
  1. an evasive or diversionary maneuver.
  2. an attempt to surmount a difficulty without confronting it directly.
Origin of end run
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Wisdom and power and means directed to an end run all through the scheme of Nature.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • The superior force will in the end run the inferior to earth.

  • To conclude, the short question will be, Whether you will join with those who must in the end run the same fate with you?

    Political Pamphlets George Saintsbury
  • An end run, with Carmine carrying the ball, was spoiled by Turner.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Dean called for an end run by Neil Durant and the captain responded by dashing forward for a fifteen-yard gain.

    The Mark of the Knife Clayton H. Ernst
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end run

noun phrase

An attempt to avoid or evade higher authority by acting outside authorized channels: McLarty gave Shalala a dressing down about doing end runs around the White House


: Special interests have found new ways to end-run our system/ the label chiefs would no longer be allowed to end-run Morgado (1950s+ fr football)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with end run

end run

Evasive action, as in The new department head was making an end run around the old hands who opposed her appointment. This term comes from American football, where it denotes an offensive play in which the ball carrier runs around one end of the opposing team's line. [ Mid-1900s ]
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