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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.
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end run

Evasive action, as in The new department head was making an end run around the old hands who opposed her appointment . This term comes from American football, where it denotes an offensive play in which the ball carrier runs around one end of the opposing team's line. [Mid-1900s]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Legislation-by-lawsuit allows another end run around constitutional review.
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.
One anonymous source called the meeting "an end run that bypassed the governing process.
THE West End run of The Graduate has been extended by a further six weeks owing to massive demand.
But he attempts to keep alive a smoldering flame of hope that his men of MARs can make a Gramscian end run around the cultural and social institutions of the modern Leviathan, not through national political action but by working in the little platoons of "schools, churches, clubs, women's groups, youth organizations, civic and professional associations, local government, the military and police forces, and even in the much-dreaded labor unions.
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.
It will look like a great 'booming, buzzing confusion,' to use William James' famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.