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 Unfortunately, the process has too often amounted to a commercial end run around the agency. Elisabeth Rosenthal, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 More of a left-end run stuffer than a right-end pass rusher in a 4-3 scheme. USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021 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 at the Statehouse to circumvent the ruling. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Mar. 2021 The move came after Facebook removed her interview with Trump, claiming that amounted to an end run around its ban on the former president. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 Allowing them into the country, with no reliable internal enforcement mechanism, constitutes an end run around our immigration system. Rich Lowry, National Review, 5 Mar. 2021 Republicans in Pennsylvania did an end run around the possibility of a veto by the Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, by placing a measure on the statewide ballot in May to amend the state constitution. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2021 But advocates said the Dearborn landlord's legal tactic was an effective end run around the moratorium. Freep.com, 24 Dec. 2020 And the Health Department is fully aware of this end run around the rules. Karol Markowicz, Washington Examiner, 17 Dec. 2020

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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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“End run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end%20run. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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