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

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From one perspective, the deal is an end run around the federal government, and a fiery display of the California market’s—and California regulators’—might. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "California's Auto-Emissions Deal Could Trump the Feds' Plans," 25 July 2019 But the feds don’t deserve the right to pull an end run around Illinois law in an effort to kill him. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Don’t reward Yingying Zhang’s killer for hiding her body," 28 June 2019 Wilson had six points in the game-ending run as the Sky missed their last 10 shots. chicagotribune.com, "Sky miss final 10 shots in dropping their 4th straight, 90-82 to the Aces," 2 July 2019 In its place the very disappointed young people and their families were treated to a never-ending run of commercials. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Thanks, neighbor Peter, for comforting me when another neighbor’s dog killed my little dog Bella," 22 June 2019 One uncertainty around Slack’s debut is its end run around the traditional IPO process, which can involve underwriting fees of 6% or 7% but can help ensure a smoother listing. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Slack IPO: The Stock Market Is Rolling Out Its Welcome Mat Over Recent, Successful Tech Listings," 19 June 2019 To side with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was to leash him, blocking a German end run to Moscow. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "George Bush Led the Biggest Diplomatic Triumph Since Jefferson," 3 Dec. 2018 Facebook has tried to make an end run around EU rules by giving users a stark choice: give up some rights or delete their accounts. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Global Tech Backlash Is Just Beginning," 25 Oct. 2018 Any attempt to short circuit this process through a secretive end run to the courts in the name of security concerns should be squarely rejected. Greg Nojeim, Eric Wenger, Ars Technica, "FBI vs. Facebook Messenger: What’s at stake?," 2 Oct. 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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