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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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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.
This is the latest court to say that insurers cannot do an end-run around the law.
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.
Elite purchases end-run product in quantity and at substantial discounts, dismantles the product, inventories the individual components, and then re-sells those components.
And in a meeting several weeks ago, Pasadena Councilwoman Joyce Streator called the joint meeting on airport issues ``an end-run around the Airport Authority.
In short, it is an end-run around the principles of Proposition 13.
When Ventura County supervisors were presented last year with the now-failed merger of the mental health and social services departments, it was just the kind of political end-run that critics say is problematic in the county - and it's also the norm.
It's just a flat-out end-run of a pretty detailed system,'' Harley said Thursday.
The end-run borders on the criminal and ought to result in the firing of everyone who had a hand in this deceitful action.
Why did district staff try to maneuver an end-run around the Proposition BB oversight process?
Environmentalist Lyle Talbot called the state order an end-run around activists' successful opposition to the sludge-spreading last year in the Antelope Valley.
Valley VOTE leaders denounced the proposal as an attempt to sabotage secession by doing an end-run around the process created when the state Legislature passed the new law removing the council's veto over secession.
The FDA has done an end-run around the companies,'' said Janet Benshoof, president of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, a New York-based public-interest law firm that petitioned the agency in 1994 to approve use of the morning-after pills.
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.