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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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end run

An evasive maneuver, a diversion. The term, dating from about 1900, is a transfer from football, where it denotes a running play in which the ball carrier runs around the defensive end. It soon was transferred to other contexts. An editorial in the Boston Globe about allowing drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge had it: “. . . they now plan to include drilling in the budget bill, which cannot be filibustered. Senators should see this gimmick for the procedural end run it is, and reject it.” (Jan. 31, 2005).
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As NCITS standards usually end up being adopted as de jure ISO standards, the self-styled Real-Time Java Working Group group, which includes Hewlett-Packard Co, Microsoft Corp and other vendors, is hoping to make an end-run around Sun Microsystems Inc, which is now trying to head off the threat to its control of Java standards by creating its own real-time Java API development under IBM Corp's leadership and by changing the way it licenses Java to make it more attractive to developers.
The Maryland plan would make an end-run around public debate by building on privately owned land.
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Like the already-operational WTO and NAFTA courts, the proposed tax tribunal would operate completely without regard to any constitutional guarantee of trial by jury, due process, etc., and thus, with the aid of American power brokers, would make an effective end-run around the protections embedded in the Constitution.
* A federal judge in Alabama has rejected the Christian Coalition's attempt to do an end-run around campaign finance disclosure laws in the state, ruling that the group must disclose the names of donors who contributed more than $100 to its recent anti-lottery effort.
The legislation would end-run situations similar to what happened when American Savings Bank was closed by the FDIC and the agency initially refused to insure a portion of the money in mortgage escrow accounts that exceeded its deposit limit of $100,000.
Beth also has an opportunity to advance Anne Owens' reputation for good ethics by explaining politely to Doug why she can't go along with his end-run proposal.
Beyond facilitating unprecedented studies of the human central nervous system, the accomplishment may provide an ethical end-run around controversial transplants of fetal brain cells.
Such allies provide crucial intelligence of inter-departmental debates, enabling Cheney to make end-runs around the bureaucracy and head off opposing views at key meetings.
As part of its ongoing Community Solutions Campaign, Grassroots Globalization Network has recently released "End-Runs Around the Enrons." This resource guide profiles a wide range of democratic economic initiatives, and provides resources for connecting with organizations that have implemented them successfully.
In a sort of thrust-and-parry encounter, each effort by the government to make asset preservation more difficult has been met with new legal end-runs: gifting, irrevocable asset preservations trusts, annuities, Miller Trusts, qualified domestic relations orders, life estates, and so on.