an end run

end run

An evasive or diversionary action or maneuver around some obstacle or difficulty. An allusion to a play in American football, in which the carrier of the ball runs wide to evade the defensive line. Many wealthy citizens try to perform an end run around their country's tax laws by filtering their money in offshore accounts.
See also: end, run

an end run

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
An end run is something that you do in order to avoid something. He's trying to do an end run around the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Note: This expression comes from American football where a player with the ball runs around a line of members of the other team.
See also: end, run
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Federal and state officials are doing an end run around voters' desire to keep Idaho from becoming a nuclear waste dump.
My Web site is how I'm gonna communicate with people and do an end run right around the media.
Taken in their totality these eight rules amount to an end run around the U.
As the Legislature fast-tracks a bill to reform Los Angeles Unified, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local officials voiced concern Tuesday that the school board might try an end run to delay the impact of the measure.
Meanwhile, in an end run, our guest had commandeered the clicker.
General Electric, RCA, and other companies deliberately acquired patents to block competition, an end run around antitrust law that evaded serious judicial scrutiny until mid-century.
Congress rejected a Bush voucher proposal last year, and now opponents of the measure say the president is trying to do an end run around the House of Representatives and Senate by inserting the tax-credit plan directly into the budget.
The County's refusal, the lawsuit also maintains, seeks to do an end run around Virginia state law, which restricts county authority to regulate hunting and firearm discharge to residential areas only.
After trying an end run around the California Legislature with his special election, Arnold got a sharp ``no, no, no'' from the state's voters.
He has spent a good deal of his life encouraging industrial production and jobs to leave our shores, shoveling taxpayer-funded welfare to corrupt foreign governments, debasing our currency, peddling influence, doing an end run around the Constitution, and damaging our national sovereignty by encouraging trade with an aggressive Communist Chinese government whose business interests are controlled by its military machine.
But the intent of the law is to make medical considerations the sole criteria for organ distribution, and the considerable resource expenditure involved in procuring the precious liver in this case was an end run that legislators hadn't foreseen.
Cigna's attempt to make a settlement outside of the class action suit is for one reason only, they are pulling an end run because they have no intention of stopping their over-reaching and unfair practices," said Jack Lewin, MD of the California Medical Association.
BFI had sought an end run around these conditions through the county, which would have allowed them to dump 12,100 tons per day in the city rather than the permitted 5,500.