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 Kristin Tevonian, who lives in suburban Illinois, faced a runaround when trying to refill her methotrexate script at Walgreens. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, 27 July 2022 Customers appreciate the simplicity and transparency of getting great products and service without the runaround. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 1 May 2022 At times, when an applicant asks about the total breakdown of compensation, they are stonewalled, given the runaround, put off or offered some very vague double-talk numbers. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The measure is aimed at reducing the current bureaucratic runaround, under which people often have to visit offices, endure long phone calls or struggle with the delays of mail and fax machines when trying to contact federal agencies. Josh Boak, ajc, 13 Dec. 2021 Supervisor Hilda Solis, who co-authored the motion, said families like the Kizzees are often given the runaround when seeking information. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Pained lyrics about runaround women, sung by long-haired alpha guys. James Parker, The Atlantic, 3 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Runaround.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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