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    to give so. the runaround - jmdn. an der Nase herumführen

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    to give so. the runaround - jmdn. an der Nase herumführen

    Related new entry

    to get the runaround

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    an der Nase herumgeführt werden


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    Pons-Collins:
    to give sb the runaround - (inf) jdn an der Nase herumführen (inf);
    to get the runaround (from sb) - (von jdm) an der Nase herumgeführt werden (inf)

    Oxford-Duden:
    give sb. the runaround - (coll.) jmdn. an der Nase herumführen (ugs.)

    NOAD:
    runaround - (informal) difficult or awkward treatment, esp. in which someone is evasive or does not answer one's questions directly: 'the times he got the runaround looking for work.'

    AHD:
    runaround - 1. (Informal) Deception, usually in the form of evasive excuses.

    M-W:
    1 : deceptive or delaying action especially in response to a request <tired of getting the runaround>

    Chambers:
    give someone the runaround - (colloq) to behave repeatedly in a deceptive or evasive way towards them.
    get the runaround - (colloq) to be treated in this way.

    Webster's 3rd unabridged:
    runaround - ... 6: deliberately deceptive or delaying action esp. in response to a request: substitution of evasive or misleading replies for definite and candid refusal <tried to get contracts and have been given the familiar official runaround ...>

    Random House unabridged:
    run-around - 1. (Informal.) indecisive or evasive treatment, esp. in response to a request: 'Ask for a raise and he'll give you the run-around.'

    DWDS:
    jmdn. an der Nase herumführen - (umgs.) jmdn. mit Worten hinhalten, anführen: den haben wir schön an der N. herumgeführt!

    Bertelsmann:
    jmdn. an der Nase herumführen - [ugs.] jmdn. täuschen, irreführen

    LEO:
    jmdn. an der Nase herumführen [fig.] - to mess so. about, to mess about with so., to mess around with so., to muck about with so. [coll.], to muck around with so. [coll.]
    Comment
    Virtually all modern dictionaries spell it as one word, so I personally don't think it's necessary to add '(also: run-around).'
    Authorhm -- us17 Mar 06, 07:03
     
     
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