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runaround

[ ruhn-uh-round ]
/ ˈrʌn əˌraʊnd /
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noun
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.
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Origin of runaround

1870–75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase run around
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How to use runaround in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for runaround

run around

verb (intr, adverb) informal
(often foll by with) to associate habitually (with)
to behave in a fickle or promiscuous manner
noun run-around
informal deceitful or evasive treatment of a person (esp in the phrase give or get the run-around)
printing an arrangement of printed matter in which the column width is narrowed to accommodate an illustration
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Other Idioms and Phrases with runaround (1 of 2)

runaround

see get the runaround.

Other Idioms and Phrases with runaround (2 of 2)

run around

1

Go about hurriedly here and there, as in I have been running around all day so I want to stay home tonight and relax. [Early 1900s]

2

Also, run around with. Associate or consort with socially, as in At college she began to run around with a very liberal group. [Late 1800s]

3

Be sexually unfaithful, as in She caught him running around just once too often and finally sued for divorce. [Early 1900s]

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