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[ruhn-uh-round] /ˈrʌn əˌraʊnd/
indecisive or evasive treatment, especially in response to a request:
Ask for a raise and he'll give you the runaround.
Printing. an arrangement of type in which several lines are set in narrower measure than the others in a column to accommodate an illustration, initial, or the like.
Origin of runaround
1870-75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase run around
1. dodge, evasion, slip. Unabridged
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  • After getting the runaround over the phone, he was directed to go to the airport ticket counter.
  • Frequent complaints result in bureaucratic runaround with absolutely no changes.
  • runaround loops are ideal for situations in which the intake and the exhaust are separated.
  • No more getting the runaround when you call about your loan.
Word Origin and History for runaround

also run-around, "deceptive, evasive treatment," 1915, from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + around (adv.).

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