Definition of runaround in English:



  • 1Deceitful or evasive treatment.

    ‘they are being given the runaround by the Defence Ministry’
    • ‘When I asked the council and Bradford Vision what had become of the supplement I was given the runaround.’
    • ‘He asked the US government agencies and got the runaround.’
    • ‘But when she approached her client about the payment, she got the runaround.’
    • ‘For years, UN inspectors were given the runaround until they gave up.’
    • ‘The policemen guarding the entrance to the compound don't seem to like the look of me, and despite the best efforts of my interpreter, it's clear that I am being given the runaround.’
    • ‘He says he personally booked the grounds, and cannot understand the runaround his team was given by the Technikon authorities.’
    • ‘He'd been giving me the runaround now for a few days and I was sick of it.’
    • ‘Fair Go (TV1, Wednesday, 7.30 pm) is back for its 27th year to help out Kiwis who have been ripped off, short-changed or given the runaround.’
    • ‘After trying to give him the runaround, he and the officers agreed to his request.’
    • ‘A gypsy convoy is giving the council the runaround.’
    • ‘But I get the first question, and if I think you're dancing around the answer, you'll get exactly the same kind of runaround from me.’
    • ‘Ever since he was given the runaround by him, we have known that the master of the giant firework is no full-back.’
    • ‘So what we decided when we contacted you again recently - and again tried unsuccessfully to get you on the phone - was that we were getting the same old runaround.’
    • ‘As for book reviewing, I have to say I know too many women who have gotten the runaround from editors to see the lack of women as a problem of supply.’
    • ‘But how can you remain calm when some faceless administrator is giving you the runaround?’
    • ‘But they ended up being given the runaround for seven days because Salford council didn't know whether it was their job to remove the vandalism at Barr Hill on Bolton Road, or the government's.’
    • ‘I kept getting the runaround initially, but persistence got me through the door.’
    • ‘Man mountain Matt has risen from the Fourth Division to the heart of Scotland's defence, but he was given the runaround by City when at Oxford.’
    • ‘Attorneys get the runaround when they begin calling stations to locate clients.’
    • ‘Debtors will be much more able to give creditors the runaround by using illness, injury, loss of employment, or the end of a relationship to have the terms changed.’
    mix, keep company, mingle, socialize, get together, go around, rub shoulders, fraternize, consort, have dealings
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  • 2A runabout.

    • ‘We are looking for a small runaround primarily for shopping and taking the children to nursery.’
    • ‘The move from brute power to one of the most fashionable and urbane runarounds on the road isn't as bizarre as it sounds, he insists.’
    • ‘On the street, furious women in sunglasses slam the doors of all-terrain runarounds and march into little boutiques that sell what used to be called ‘notions’: comedy alarm clocks, executive desk ornaments and potpourri.’
    • ‘One-and-a-half litres of diesel engine is more than enough for this flexible runaround.’
    • ‘Noddy and his politically-incorrect mate Big Ears are set to jump aboard their yellow runaround and hit television screens worldwide in an all-singing, all-dancing digital animation series.’
    • ‘And that makes it more a sort of urban runaround - small, easy to park, cheap to insure and inexpensive to mend.’
    • ‘It seems to be the fashion right now, but my car is just a little runaround, it's not anything flashy and that's the worrying thing.’
    • ‘The small two-door hatchback is intended as a second car or a runaround for shoppers, according to Green Machines Ireland's managing director.’
    • ‘Disembarking from boat or plane, the air is crystal-clear and as fresh as it was before SUVs became everyday runarounds in the States.’
    • ‘I am currently considering changing my family runaround.’
    • ‘I wasn't sure, at first, how the van, with its pink curtains, would double as a runaround.’
    • ‘Compare the X3 with the Mini Cooper S, popularly viewed as a small, modern, hip and city-friendly runaround you can drive with a clear environmental conscience.’