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 Critics say the strategy is allowing the Trump administration to make an end run around trade rules meant to prevent the United States and other countries from ratcheting up barriers and falling into endless trade wars. New York Times, "Trump Mixes Economic and National Security, Plunging the U.S. Into Multiple Fights," 8 June 2019 Juul’s measure is an attempt to do an end run around city officials who passed legislation in June suspending the sale of e-cigarettes until they are reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Businesses take a beating in downtown Oakland," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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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