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1. Football A play in which the ball carrier attempts to run around one end of the defensive line.
2. Informal A maneuver in which impediments are bypassed, often by a clever stratagem or deceit: "Grafting is an ingenious way humankind discovered to make an end run around apple genetics" (Sue Hubbell).
1. Also called end′ sweep`. a running play in football in which the ballcarrier attempts to outflank the defensive end.
2. an indirect or evasive and expedient maneuver.
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|Noun||1.||end run - (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line|
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays