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Definition of "end run" [end run]

  • Football A play in which the ball carrier attempts to run around one end of the defensive line. (noun)
  • Informal A maneuver in which impediments are bypassed, often by deceit or trickery: made an end run around the departmental finance officer in order to increase the budget. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "end run" in a sentence
  • "The Annan-Eliasson end run to Rice having failed, Malloch Brown called Burns, trying a different end run."
  • "It would take some politicking and an end run around the Legion brass, but with patience-and the liberal use of a Dilithium Express card-it ought to be possible."