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run interference

To take actions to prevent or avoid certain problems or situations, typically on someone's behalf. A reference to a strategy in American football in which a blocker attempts to prevent defensive players from tackling the player running with the ball. Unless you want to hear Uncle Glen and Aunt Mildred squabbling all night, we need to run interference. I ran interference at my party so that my recently divorced friends didn't have to talk to each other.
See also: run

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.
See also: run

run interference

intervene on someone's behalf, typically so as to protect them from distraction or annoyance. North American informal
Run interference is a metaphor from American football, where it refers to the legal blocking of an opponent to clear a way for the ball carrier.
See also: run

run interˈference

(American English, informal) help somebody by dealing with problems for them so that they do not need to deal with them: You’ve been running interference for your crazy brother too long.
In American football, if you run interference, you clear the way for the player with the ball by blocking players from the opposing team.
See also: run
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Some states have supplemented the new approach with cabinet-level offices to run interference for businesses, helping them to cut deals or avoid penalties.
He helps to run interference with the physicians," says Gareau.
To see the evidence of this, let us look more closely at some of the areas of our culture where we are trying to improve communication, and it will become clear that what we are actually trying to do is run interference on communication.
At home the open Nazis like John Metzger run interference for the David Dukes who run interference for the Pat Buchanans who run interference for the mainstream racists of moderation.
I'll run interference so they aren't encumbered with red tape and bureaucracy," says Greer, who himself rose through the ranks of store manager, district manager and regional manager to become Thrifty's director of store operations.
When physicians are directly affected by information or communication technology, lay vice presidents of information systems or chief information officers usually find clinicians to play the unofficial role of clinical information officer, to run interference for them and promote clinically oriented information technologies to clinicians.
The module provides tools to define cast geometry, create die cavities, compensate for shrinkage, determine draft requirements automatically, create the required draft, define and generate sand cores, define complex parting surfaces, split die components automatically into individual cast sections, run interference checks in die-opening cycles, and analyze part thickness for casting suitability.
It is up to their managers to secure resources and run interference for them.
Congress, despite the War Powers Act, was effectively neutered in a skillful, bipartisan fashion by the Bush Administration (with Congressmen such as New York's Stephen Solarz, long an AIPAC ally on the hill, helping to run interference.
At the animal Parasite Research Laboratory at Auburn, Alabama, he's developing a vaccine that would actually run interference between the parasite and the animal's own immune system.