runaround

(redirected from runarounds)
Also found in: Dictionary, Financial, Encyclopedia.

get the runaround

To receive unclear, misleading, incomplete, or evasive information, especially in a response to a question or request. I always get the runaround when I call the telephone company to explain all these extra charges. The reporter tried to get a clear answer from the senator regarding her stance on immigration, but he just got the runaround.
See also: get, runaround

*runaround

a series of excuses, delays, and referrals. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) You'll get the runaround if you ask to see the manager. I hate it when they give me the runaround.

get the runaround

Be treated evasively or misleadingly, especially in response to a request. For example, Every time I ask about next year's plans I get the runaround. The related expression give the runaround means "to treat evasively or misleadingly," as in He gives her the runaround whenever she asks for time off. [Early 1900s]
See also: get, runaround

give someone the runaround

INFORMAL
If someone gives you the runaround, they try to confuse you or make it difficult for you to do something, for example by not giving you information you need. In early August, someone close could give you the runaround, especially where it concerns money or other joint matters. I'm fed up with being given the runaround. Note: You can also say you get the runaround from someone. Furness made a few inquiries and got the runaround every time.
See also: give, runaround

give someone the runaround

deceive and confuse someone; avoid answering someone's questions directly. informal
See also: give, runaround

give somebody the ˈrunaround

(informal) treat somebody badly by not telling them the truth, or by not giving them the help or the information they need, and sending them somewhere else: Residents claim they were given the runaround by the local council, from whom they had no help at all.
See also: give, runaround, somebody

runaround

n. a wild-goose chase. (Especially with give, as in the examples.) The IRS gave us the runaround when we asked for a review.
References in periodicals archive ?
These runarounds are the latest trend and they're deadly.
is credited as the first Mac desktop publishing program to introduce features -- such as linkable text frames, 'as you type' hyphenation and automatic runarounds -- that are now considered standard in the industry.
Automatic text runarounds allow users to quickly and easily flow text around graphics as a rectangular boundary, an arbitrary polygon, or following the contour of an irregular image.
DIESEL may be fast becoming the default choice for everything from city runarounds to executive saloons, but sports cars?
And the final recognition of their use about town came yesterday when housewives' bible Good Housekeeping put eight models to the test for women more used to family saloons or small-car runarounds.
But three-door runarounds set thrifty owners back just 14p a mile, say researchers CAP Monitor.