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run interference

to turn attention away from something She wanted a minute alone with him to say goodbye, so her sister ran interference for her with the other guests. Buddy ran interference with his parents to keep them from finding out that Tom was a bit drunk.
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run interference

  (American)
to help someone achieve something by dealing with the people or problems that might prevent them from doing so (usually + for ) When it comes to finding a hotel room, you'll be glad to have a tourist guide run interference for you.
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run interference

Handle problems or help clear the way for another, as in The press secretary runs interference for the governor. This term comes from football, where it refers to the blocking of defensive players by offensive players to let the ball carrier advance. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
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Researchers would have observed no such fluctuations if the scattered electron waves had not generated characteristic interference patterns.
That slowing, rather than the phase shift predicted by quantum mechanics, accounts for the shift in the interference pattern, he says.
PRoC LP's pairing of the lower power consumption and superior interference immunity of WirelessUSB LP with the enCoRe II Flash MCU makes it the perfect solution for wireless HID applications.
The radiation interference filled Ginga's tape with" garbage" and prevented further observations.
We recognize that interference problems in outdoor deployments are issues that can and must be addressed in the planning stages of the network infrastructure," said Jeff White, Executive Vice President at Cognio.
In almost three days of frank and open discussions, the participants, comprising mainly senior engineering staff who deal with satellite interference on a daily basis, discussed almost every aspect of the issue.
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Clearly, now that blood collection tube additives have been identified as a possible source of interference in immunoassays, manufacturers of blood collection tubes and immunoassay tests should implement additional quality-control measures.
After the first resonator, each spin component is reversed, and then with the exact same compensating spin precessions through the second resonator, the second half-[pi] flipper and the spin analyser exert to draw the neutron spin echo (NSE) pattern in the neutron count rates with the interference visibility.
If defensive pass interference had been called,'' a NFL statement released Monday read, ``there would have been offsetting penalties, with the down replayed at the original line of scrimmage, the San Francisco 23-yard line.
It should be noted that there are claims of potential interference between UWB and carrier technologies.
A new satellite signal interference suppression technology is available from Electro-Radiation Inc (ERI) that can be an effective means of combating severe terrestrial Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) across a wide spectrum.
Researchers expect quantum processors to work incredibly fast thanks in part to particles' wavelike interactions, including interference.
Result: a digital representation of the interference pattern.
But although KQED is one of the stations that the FCC claims has received interference from Free Radio Berkeley, the KQED legal department says the station itself made no complaint; it must have originated with a listener or, more likely, the FCC itself.