end-run

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.
a.
an evasive or diversionary maneuver.
b.
an attempt to surmount a difficulty without confronting it directly.

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism

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