Meaning of runaround

run•a•round

Pronunciation: (run'u-round"), [key]
— n.
  1. indecisive or evasive treatment, esp. in response to a request: Ask for a raise and he'll give you the runaround.
  2. an arrangement of type in which several lines are set in narrower measure than the others in a column to accommodate an illustration, initial, or the like.
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