End run

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In gridiron football, an end run is a running play in which the player carrying the ball tries to avoid being tackled by running outside the end [or flank] of the offensive line. It is distinct from a dive, which is a run "up the middle", or an off-tackle run, which is a run through the inside gap created by the offensive tackle.

Colloquially, it has come to mean an attempt to avoid a difficult situation by dodging it without confronting it directly, or to attempt to circumvent someone's authority by appealing to a different authority.[1][2]


  1. ^ Caruba, Alan (January 16, 2013). "Obama is Begging for Impeachment". The Moral Liberal. Retrieved January 16, 2013.  ("An end run around Congress.")
  2. ^ IMDb - "Star Trek: The Next Generation" The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1 - ("You need to take it to the Captain, fine - through me. You do an end run around me again, I'll snap you back so hard you'll think you're a first-year cadet again.")