end run


Definition of end run

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a football play in which the ballcarrier attempts to run wide around the end of the line specifically : sweep sense 3e
2 : an evasive trick or maneuver made an end run around the regulations


\ ˈend-ˌrən How to pronounce end-run (audio) \
end-ran; end-running; end-runs

Definition of end-run (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to avoid artfully end-running the law

Examples of end run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In April 2017, as the Supreme Court was considering the state's request to hear a challenge to a Marion Circuit Court ruling, officials launched a late-night end run to circumvent the ruling. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Supreme Court to decide if state must identify suppliers of death penalty drugs," 8 July 2020 With Republicans determined to block any movement on climate change in the Legislature, Gov. Kate Brown, as promised, has decided to end run them with a far-reaching use of her executive powers to reach the same goals by a different path. oregonlive, "Oregon climate change: Governor signs executive order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," 10 Mar. 2020 Moreover, Weinstein’s lawyers will contend that Sciorra’s testimony and the two PSA counts were a pretext for making an end run around the statute of limitations. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Making Sense of the Harvey Weinstein Verdict," 24 Feb. 2020 Still, the prosecutors felt like the Walmart side attempted multiple end runs. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.," 25 Mar. 2020 Following-through takes users to an external website to download and install the certificate, thus doing an end run around Google and Apple restrictions. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Some mobile ad-blockers and VPNs siphoning user data, report finds," 10 Mar. 2020 In an end run around Republican legislators, Oregon's Democratic governor ordered the state on Tuesday to lower greenhouse gas emissions, directing a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels. Andrew Selsky, Fortune, "Oregon Governor signs executive order to reduce the state’s impact on global warming," 10 Mar. 2020 Last week the House of Delegates passed a bill that aims to do an end run around the Electoral College. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Will Virginia Drop the Electoral College?," 17 Feb. 2020 Then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel did an end run around Lightfoot’s choice to select Johnson, who hadn’t even applied for the job. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot deflects questions about Chicago’s next police superintendent, says Eddie Johnson ‘still here’," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of end run


1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1952, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“End run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end%20run. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of end run

American football : a play in which the player carrying the ball tries to run around the line of defensive players

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