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 \
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

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Similar end runs are being attempted in Nebraska and Utah, states Trump carried, where GOP lawmakers have also balked at extending coverage under the law. Mark Z. Barabak, latimes.com, "Obamacare used to be political poison for Democrats. Now they see it as a winning prescription — even in red states," 11 June 2018 By April 2006, Broadway in Chicago produced the Chicago premiere for an opened ended run downtown at the Drury Lane Theatre at Water Tower Place. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Dunes Summer Theatre stages 'Putnam Spelling Bee'," 11 July 2018 Its leading figures are unpopular, corrupt — or both — clearing a path for the right-wing populist (and NRA fellow-traveler) Jair Bolsonaro to make a Trump-like end run for the presidency. Benjamin Lessing, Washington Post, "Brazil’s federal intervention in Rio’s drug wars has an authoritarian feel — and could backfire," 2 Mar. 2018 Football teams aren’t the only ones that execute end runs at the Super Bowl. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Yellow Tail wine again finds way around Super Bowl ad exclusivity," 30 Jan. 2018 So what does that leave, given there’s so much going on, like Africa for example, the Chinese making end runs in Africa. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Journalist Ronan Farrow on Recode Decode," 4 May 2018 At first reluctantly, but then with increasing vigor in his final term, tried to do an end run around the Republican Party by using executive power. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "How Democrats Can Over-Promise Like Trump," 11 May 2018 One active area of research creates an end run around the SYZ conjecture. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "Exploring the Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds," 15 Apr. 2018 James played in his 82nd game on Wednesday night against the New York Knicks, completing an end to end run that underscores the 33-year-old's remarkable consistency. Tom Withers, chicagotribune.com, "LeBron James plays all 82 games for the first time in his career," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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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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