- indecisive or evasive treatment, especially in response to a request: Ask for a raise and he'll give you the runaround.
- Printing. an arrangement of type in which several lines are set in narrower measure than the others in a column to accommodate an illustration, initial, or the like.
Origin of runaround
1870–75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase run around
SynonymsSee more synonyms for runaround on Thesaurus.com
1. dodge, evasion, slip.
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Examples from the Web for runaround
The runaround concluded with King and Brando exchanging lip kisses.Courting Brando
December 19, 2008
Pembroke watched him hurry off to service a car with a sense of having been given the runaround.The Perfectionists
Word Origin and History for runaround
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with runaround
see get the runaround.
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