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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Servicers are giving them the runaround in ways that can hamstring their progress.
The idea is rooted in a belief that less federal oversight will cut bureaucratic runaround and trim wasteful spending.
Bohne said the project’s opponents encountered either unresponsive ears or were given the runaround.
The agency alleges that rampant errors and runarounds — including ignoring customer complaints and wrongly initiating foreclosures on at least 1,000 people — cost some borrowers money and others their homes.
While Jackie gets the runaround from various Acme personnel, including an imperious Lexi (Mandy Rose Nichols), Jules intrigues and exasperates an odd-couple lab partner pair, Remy and Dee (Madison Jane Jones and Gianni Truzzi).
Complaining that Apple doesn’t make a cheap, bargain basement MacBook is like moaning that BMW doesn’t make a $6000 runaround.
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Medical Definition of runaround
: a whitlow encircling a fingernail or toenail
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