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run interference

To take actions to prevent or avoid certain problems or situations, typically on someone's behalf. A reference to a strategy in American football in which a blocker attempts to prevent defensive players from tackling the player running with the ball. Unless you want to hear Uncle Glen and Aunt Mildred squabbling all night, we need to run interference. I ran interference at my party so that my recently divorced friends didn't have to talk to each other.
See also: run

run interference

Handle problems or help clear the way for another, as in The press secretary runs interference for the governor. This term comes from football, where it refers to the blocking of defensive players by offensive players to let the ball carrier advance. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: run

run interference

intervene on someone's behalf, typically so as to protect them from distraction or annoyance. North American informal
Run interference is a metaphor from American football, where it refers to the legal blocking of an opponent to clear a way for the ball carrier.
See also: run

run interˈference

(American English, informal) help somebody by dealing with problems for them so that they do not need to deal with them: You’ve been running interference for your crazy brother too long.
In American football, if you run interference, you clear the way for the player with the ball by blocking players from the opposing team.
See also: run
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In its plea to improve the Commission's translator interference complaint process, the NABacknowleges that translators are an increasingly important part of radio broadcasters' service to the public.
Intercell interference and co-channel interference is reduced by the intercell interference coordination technique (ICIC).
earlier this year, and continue a number of important discussions relating to solving VSAT interference, better educating the user with regard to Carrier ID, and turning BIG Data principles into an effective mitigation tool for Satellite Operators, amongst other topics.
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Many interference signals have unique spectrum signatures; SUIRG has identified and catalogued two dozen types of the most common forms of interference.
Clearly, now that blood collection tube additives have been identified as a possible source of interference in immunoassays, manufacturers of blood collection tubes and immunoassay tests should implement additional quality-control measures.
After the first resonator, each spin component is reversed, and then with the exact same compensating spin precessions through the second resonator, the second half-[pi] flipper and the spin analyser exert to draw the neutron spin echo (NSE) pattern in the neutron count rates with the interference visibility.
Regardless, the Giants remained incredulous that the officials missed the pass interference call.
But it is also generally understood that such interference inevitably happens and as a result, the FCC has put roles into place specifically to address these inadvertent emissions.
Walmsley and his colleagues suspected that classical interference such as that between intersecting light waves, could lead to a computation method analogous to the interference aspect of quantum computing.
HERALD offers new features in interference evaluation, profile and reflection analysis, management of antenna and equipment libraries.
Result: a digital representation of the interference pattern.
But although KQED is one of the stations that the FCC claims has received interference from Free Radio Berkeley, the KQED legal department says the station itself made no complaint; it must have originated with a listener or, more likely, the FCC itself.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Sun Diagnostics' product offerings include ASSURANCE[TM] Interference Test Kit and Dextran Sulfate Sodium Salt.
The Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) has announced a reduction in membership fees for 2015 for full members to USD $4,995.