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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.
See also: run

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.
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
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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.
He does so at the direction of Dick Cheney, who also orders Jim to enlist and run interference for W.
The turtle is saved once using a magic trick involving jelly beans, and Melvin re appears in various forms to run interference.
Sergeants often must run interference for their patrol officers to give them the time required to engage in problem solving.
By all means, utilize him to run interference for you when you're busy.
Although, come to think of it, Jesus never suffered the children to run interference for him.
Busy schedules run interference too, marginalizing lunch to a meal taken between errands; one that's satisfactory, but rarely satisfying.
For now, the bottom line is that Kent hopes that the players and their families will let the basketball office run interference for them, and put off any discussions until after the season, when there would be ample time to assess the athletes' draft prospects, interview potential agents and make some decisions.
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