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 So began a bureaucratic runaround that might have made Kafka proud. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 Hoover said he was put through a runaround that left him with nothing. Ron Hurtibise,, 28 Feb. 2021 After days of giving her the runaround, the agency promised that a truckful of P.P.E. was on its way. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 Again the runaround, the look of fear, fear for their own lives, in the faces of republican officials. John Dos Passos, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 And — surprise, surprise — most of the complaints about being hassled and given the runaround are coming from residents in Boulder, a growing island of Democrats in a deeply and devoutly Republican ocean. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2020 Here’s how two experts suggest navigating this new financial reality — no runaround required. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 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,, 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, 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of runaround

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of runaround was in 1915

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“Runaround.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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