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end run

n.
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).

end′ run`


n.
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.
[1900–05, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.end run - (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the lineend 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
running, running game, running play, run - (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team; "the defensive line braced to stop the run"; "the coach put great emphasis on running"
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