Definition of end run in English:

end run


American Football
  • 1An attempt by the ball carrier to run around the end of the defensive line.

    • ‘And he understood the situation when he learned the quarterback had pulled an end run on them.’
    • ‘Like a jumpshot in basketball or an end run in football, when the defense closes the direct approach off, the attacker must simply take another approach, around or over.’
    1. 1.1North American An evasive tactic or manoeuvre.
      ‘they all engage in end runs around morality’
      • ‘But if further studies confirm its usefulness, it could offer an end run around the heated social and religious debate that has for years overshadowed the field of human embryonic stem cell research.’
      • ‘The wife is trying to make an end run around a contractual agreement, and she isn't a party to it.’
      • ‘This one-sided law apparently legalizes end-runs to let corporations weasel out of their obligations.’
      • ‘‘In an end run around traditional media, the Internet became the key player in dispersing information to a world hungry for details about the events in Seattle’.’
      • ‘It's an end-run around the big plan for development in the field.’
      • ‘That could change rapidly as hospitals learn they can make an end run around insurers.’
      • ‘He instead opts to view the models of modern cognitive psychology as efforts to do an end run around the real problem of consciousness, which he deems to be its subjective element.’
      • ‘But what they want to do is make an end-run around the scientific community and go directly to the school district, as opposed to the normal process of having these ideas filter down from the scientific community.’
      • ‘The police, knowing that I was representing him, made end runs around me to directly talk to Scott without me there.’
      • ‘Although, legend has it the ship was full, and making an end run around the authorities at the time.’
      • ‘It's an attempt to do an end run around the legislative process.’
      • ‘In exasperation, Hoxsey attempted an end run by approaching the National Cancer Institute.’
      • ‘What they are doing is an end run around the Senate rules and around the constitution.’
      • ‘It swung at him again, trying to clasp him in both arms, but Al feinted left, then ran down the right aisle, trying to do an end-run back to the computer link.’
      • ‘And I just hope that the Supreme Court of Florida will be followed, whatever it's ruling is will not be end run.’
      • ‘Making an end run around the commercial theaters in order to bring a different kind of film to people, Baldwin is taking his film on the road to various informal spaces all over the country.’
      • ‘The newspaper's editors described the tribunals as ‘the latest in a troubling series of attempts to do an end run around the Constitution.’’
      • ‘Usually in a case like this, with such staggering numbers of violations, he said someone is ‘trying to come up with a scheme to make an end run around the rules.’’


[with object]North American
  • Evade; circumvent.

    ‘an attempt to end-run regulations for fire protection’
    • ‘It's unrealistic, and selfish, for Internet businesses to think they can end-run the checks and balances in the economy and the average American.’
    • ‘The best way for the reader to get the kind of information I have been getting from the ground all over Iraq, is to end-run the liberal media and go to the Internet blogs.’
    • ‘‘I think if there's going to be a way to end-run the system, then in order to maintain confidence in the system, we may have to put processes in place to eliminate that loophole,’ Wood says.’
    • ‘Being able to end-run the database has admittedly got people out of a bind though.’
    elude, avoid, dodge, escape, escape from, stay away from, steer clear of, run away from, break away from, lose, leave behind, shake, shake off, keep at arm's length, keep out of someone's way, give someone a wide berth, sidestep, keep one's distance from
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