give (someone) the runaround

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give (someone) the runaround

informal
: to fail to give (someone) information or help that he or she needs by not answering questions or by not dealing with the problem directly
  • Their customer representatives keep giving me the runaround.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

runaround play
  1. : deceptive or delaying action especially in response to a request

  2. : matter typeset in shortened measure to run around something (such as a cut)


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