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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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That's just plain dispiriting for those of us in the business press who are always facing PR people running interference for the suits, spokespersons who insist on sitting in on interviews, or assert that they can speak for Mr.
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He should tell China's leaders to stop running interference for Sudan's complicit government.
The anger that African-American novelist Richard Wright captured so forcefully in the figure of Bigger Thomas, the protagonist in his great pre-war defining work, Native Son, cries out from every page of Anderson's narrative--anger against Democratic party leaders, Southern racist politicians running interference for murderers, Mrs.
Without question, the thought of this issue being put on the ballot, thereby allowing Californians to actually dictate the future of the state's pension plan without the Legislature running interference, must be keeping CalPERS officials awake at night.
Lucas is more suited to a shootout with a bad guy than running interference between local cops, FBI, Russian operatives and the media but reluctantly he finds he is good at doing both jobs.
Running interference between Tutsis and Hutus, government officials and rebels, he recalls Schindler, but in his docile temperament--worrying, even at the height of the conflict, about maintaining the high standards of the Mille Collines--he even more closely resembles Schindler's scrupulous accountant, Itzhak Stern.