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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 this interference, the PTAB is expected to determine which research team first invented the use of the technology in eukaryotic cells: the UC Group researchers, who filed their initial patent application in May 2012 and published the seminal paper describing the CRISPR/Cas9 technology and its uses in June 2012; or the Broad researchers, who filed their first patent application approximately six months later in December 2012.
For K users M x N MIMO interference channels, the authors of [8] show that the achieved degree of freedom (DoF) scales linearly with the number of the users K, which is KR min(M, N)/(R +1), where R = max(M, N)/min(M, N).
According to a statement issued by HEC, the prime minister told the commission's chairman that political interference will not be tolerated.
According to a statement issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Imran has expressed serious concerns over reports of political interference in the higher education sector of the country.
We can't ignore #China's growing political influence operations globally, including reported interference in Taiwan's recent elections.
For example, satellite operators have long been simply moving broadcast customers to different spectra to solve interference issues in the short term.
Under the terms of the contract, LGS Innovations will deliver frequency spectrum monitoring between NOAA and wireless carriers, provide real-time detection of "interference events," classify the types of RF interference it detects, and provide real-time notifications to both NOAA operators and the wireless carriers of any detected interference.
In 1998, the Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group (SUIRG--now IRG) was born from a discussion started at the World Broadcasting Union--International Satellite Operators Group (now the WBU-IMCG) meeting in Geneva.
According to the FCC enforcement bureau, the interference stemmed from Rosario's Antminer S5 Bitcoin Miner-a mining rig first released in 2014 that was released to help hobbyists and individual miners earn Bitcoin with a budget-friendly machine.
The FDA has received a report that one patient taking high levels of biotin died following falsely low troponin test results when a troponin test known to have biotin interference was used.
Secondly, to avoid the degradation of interference suppression performance when the number of interferences falling into a TF point exceeds the limitation that an antenna array can cope with, we propose a space-time-frequency minimum output power- (STF-MOP) based interference suppression method to modify the conventional weight calculation formula by using a reference TF point.
Globe Telecom warned the public against the use of illegal signal transmitters, which are tapped to boost wireless coverage in a certain area, saying these cause widespread interference in communications services.
Manama, June 18 (BNA): Muharraq Charity Society condemned Qatar's blatant interference in Bahrain's internal affairs.
The FCC on Thursday (4/20) receiveda petition for rulemaking from the NAB regarding thepotential interference caused by FM translators to full-power radio stations.
However, there is a small chance that some 4G mobile signals transmitted at 800 MHZ will cause interference to Freeview TV, which is received via an aerial.