run·​around | \ ˈrə-nə-ˌrau̇nd How to pronounce runaround (audio) \

Definition of runaround

1 : deceptive or delaying action especially in response to a request tired of getting the runaround
2 : matter typeset in shortened measure to run around something (such as a cut)

Examples of runaround in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s how two experts suggest navigating this new financial reality — no runaround required. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "What You Need to Know About Using Credit Cards in Europe," 16 May 2020 As a result, many residents desperate to get themselves or their high-risk family members tested are getting the runaround. Sarah Ravani,, "Bay Area site for coronavirus test without doctor’s order opens, one of first in state," 23 Mar. 2020 Jimmy Kennedy, a former NFL’er with a multimillion net worth, got the runaround trying to become a client of JPMorgan Chase’s private banking services. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Radio Icon Tom Joyner Signs Off," 13 Dec. 2019 Medina said corporate representatives gave her the runaround. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Phoenix Family Dollar store without air conditioning for weeks as temps eclipse 110," 17 July 2019 There’s something mischievous about all this runaround, and it’s absolutely given the show its own unique identity. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has condemned itself for all time," 5 Nov. 2018 Fashion weeks, everywhere, are generally pretty lively after the runaround that happens during the day. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Before Her Official London Fashion Week Debut, Alexa Chung Gets Candid About Her Past, Her Business, and Her Transatlantic Homecoming," 14 Sep. 2018 For almost a year, Gunnar Vincens has gotten the runaround on getting back his security deposit from the owners of the Water’s Edge, a $60 million, four-building apartment development on Revere Beach that, according to tenants, is far from idyllic. Sean P. Murphy,, "Apartment management won’t return security deposit? That’s just one problem at this Revere complex," 11 June 2018 Although Marseille's players had seemingly given up, having been given the runaround by the French star, their fans certainly hadn't. Matias Grez, CNN, "Antoine Griezmann masterclass guides Atletico Madrid to Europa League title," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of runaround

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Runaround.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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run·​around | \ ˈrən-ə-ˌrau̇nd How to pronounce runaround (audio) \

Medical Definition of runaround

: a whitlow encircling a fingernail or toenail

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