Football.. Also called end sweep, sweep. a running play in which the ball-carrier attempts to outflank the defensive end.

noun phrase

An attempt to avoid or evade higher authority by acting outside authorized channels: McLarty gave Shalala a dressing down about doing end runs around the White House


: Special interests have found new ways to end-run our system/ the label chiefs would no longer be allowed to end-run Morgado (1950s+ fr football)
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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