runaround

noun run·around \ ˈrə-nə-ˌrau̇nd \
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

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)

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First Known Use of runaround

1915

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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runaround

noun run·around \ ˈrən-ə-ˌrau̇nd \

medical Definition of runaround

: a whitlow encircling a fingernail or toenail

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