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end run

noun
1.
Football.. Also called end sweep, sweep. a running play in which the ball-carrier attempts to outflank the defensive end.
2.
Informal.
  1. an evasive or diversionary maneuver.
  2. an attempt to surmount a difficulty without confronting it directly.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism
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end run

noun phrase

An attempt to avoid or evade higher authority by acting outside authorized channels: McLarty gave Shalala a dressing down about doing end runs around the White House

verb

: Special interests have found new ways to end-run our system/ the label chiefs would no longer be allowed to end-run Morgado (1950s+ fr football)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with end sweep

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 ]
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