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.
restraint, evasion, prevention, deviation, diversion, prevarication, flight, rescue, disappearance, freedom, departure, liberation, desertion, breakout, withdrawal, outbreak, guile, acumen, subtlety, tact
Origin of runaround
1870–75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase run around
Synonyms for runaround
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Examples from the Web for runaround
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see get the runaround.
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