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runaround

[ruhn-uh-round] /ˈrʌn əˌraʊnd/
noun
1.
indecisive or evasive treatment, especially in response to a request:
Ask for a raise and he'll give you the runaround.
2.
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
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase run around
Synonyms
1. dodge, evasion, slip.
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  • Pembroke watched him hurry off to service a car with a sense of having been given the runaround.

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Word Origin and History for runaround
n.

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

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