end run

Football.. Also called end sweep, sweep. a running play in which the ball-carrier attempts to outflank the defensive end.
an evasive or diversionary maneuver.
an attempt to surmount a difficulty without confronting it directly.

1900–05, Americanism

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end run

Evasive action, as in The new department head was making an end run around the old hands who opposed her appointment. This term comes from American football, where it denotes an offensive play in which the ball carrier runs around one end of the opposing team's line. [Mid-1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
It is true that one can do an end run around one's preferred style.
The term also does an end run around that dread notion, nonfiction.
Employers use illegal aliens as an end run around minimum wage laws.
It's an end run by the bureaucracy to try to make significant changes to the
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