end run

1 of 2


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


2 of 2


end-ran; end-running; end-runs

transitive verb

: to avoid artfully
end-running the law

Examples of end run in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The company’s lawsuit thus amounts to an end run around the law. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 The county’s complaint alleges Defense Distributed is trying to make an end run around the Legislature’s intent to bar the sale of the milling machines — which cut metal into shapes — in California. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2024 Making an end run After losing elections, some teams subsequently sidestep voters to get new stadiums. David A. Lieb, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2024 This year, someone stole some of the spotlight from the measurement giant with an end run. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 21 Mar. 2024 Although Californians have repeatedly voiced their opposition to racial preferences—which the Supreme Court last year found to be unconstitutional with respect to college admissions—state legislators are attempting an end run around both the people and the courts. Tim Rosenberger, Orange County Register, 7 Feb. 2024 The move infuriated Obama administration officials, who saw it as an end run around Mr. Obama’s presidential authority and unacceptably deep interference in U.S. politics and foreign policy. Mary Clare Jalonick and Ellen Knickmeyer, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2024 The end run around city orders has prompted more than half a dozen Chicago suburbs to pass or consider bus-regulating ordinances of their own, including Woodstock. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 Spinks was apparently aware of the propensity for some of his staff to make end runs around the bureaucracy. Travis Loller, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2023
Some of these issues are attempts to do an end-run around the state compromise. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, 16 Mar. 2024 Yet there’s caveats, loopholes, and possible end-runs. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Mar. 2024 To some, pouring private dollars into nonprofits that mobilize voters and build movements seems like an end-run around laws limiting tax-exempt organizations’ ability to get involved in politics. Alex Daniels Of The Chronicle Of Philanthropy, Chronicle Of Philanthropy, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2024 Given the immense sums of money involved, especially to influential states such as Florida and Texas, Congress has taken the liberty of trying to do an end-run around the White House, and fund Constellation despite the lack of a request for funding. Daniel Holz, Discover Magazine, 2 Sep. 2010 Tuberville’s blockade: A spokesperson for Sen. Tommy Tuberville sparked a backlash from Republicans after privately floating primary challengers for senators who vote to end-run Tuberville’s blockade of military promotions. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2023 There probably isn’t a top director or star who doesn’t envy Taylor Swift for doing an end-run around the Hollywood studio system and teaming directly with AMC Theatres to bring her new concert movie to the big screen. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Oct. 2023 But the move triggered outrage among striking writers, who condemned the move as an end-run around the WGA negotiating committee. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Justifying the millions expended on confirmation battles by right-of-center groups and individuals, the Roberts Court continues to provide an end-running path for scoring Republican policies without majority support or a plausible pathway into law. Aziz Huq, Time, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of end run was in 1902

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“End run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end%20run. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

end run

: a football play in which the ballcarrier attempts to run wide around the end

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