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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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Such an extended exception could enable banks essentially to run an end-run around the appraisal process.
In an end-run on the constitutional principal of church-state separation, the Holmen, Wisconsin, Village Board sold a tiny 30 x 33 foot plot of public land to the local Lion's Club in order that a Christian cross remain displayed.
But the district has fought the petition, and now, joining forces with UTLA, it hopes to do an end-run around the entire process.
Such methods allowed the Crown to engage in an end-run around the checks and balances of the ancient [unwritten English] constitution, and gave it the power to erode Parliament's ability to defend the rights of the people.
We have been told that only General Synod has the authority to decide the doctrine of the Anglican Church of Canada, but now the issue is to be shirked, allowing supporters of same-sex blessings to do an end-run around General Synod.
Delwaide and Caldeira danced the piece beautifully, with that special passion that befits an end-run.
It's an end-run around the big plan for development in the field.
Eliminate "Americanisms" referring to popular sports terms such as "ballpark figure," "do an end-run," "get to first base.
The Maryland plan would make an end-run around public debate by building on privately owned land.
Certain individuals in the current administration may have been, or are currently, encouraging an end-run around sound public administration and legitimate business principles while fattening the wallets of certain lobbyists.
Until Schwarzenegger pulled an end-run around the gridlocked Legislature on Thursday, they feared they wouldn't get any car-tax money at all this year.
amp;uot;The need for reconsideration of the Second Circuit's decision has become more compelling recently, due to the FCC's efforts to distort that decision and make an end-run around Bankruptcy Code protections that Congress unambiguously has provided to companies reorganizing in bankruptcy,&uot; said NextWave's spokesperson.
They're doing an end-run really to get started on upping their daily flow,'' said Mary Edwards, spokeswoman for North Valley Coalition, a residents' group opposing the dump.
Today's ruling prevents school districts from doing an end-run around Proposition 227," said Pacific Legal Foundation attorney, Sharon L.
Critics have called it an end-run around the Airport Authority, but with issues over noise and the new terminal - which is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration - Burbank officials say they want to present an unified front.