give (one) the runaround

give (one) the runaround

To give one unclear, misleading, incomplete, or evasive information, especially in a response to a question or request. When I call the telephone company for an explanation of all these extra charges, they always give me the runaround. The reporter tried to get a clear answer from the senator regarding her stance on immigration, but she just gave him the runaround.
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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.
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give someone the runaround

deceive and confuse someone; avoid answering someone's questions directly. informal
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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.
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