run interference

run interference
To handle problems or remove obstacles for another person, especially for a person in authority

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  • run interference — (chiefly N American) 1. In team sports, to hinder opposing players while a teammate is in possession of the ball or puck 2. To assist someone by obstructing his or her opponents • • • Main Entry: ↑interfere …   Useful english dictionary

  • run interference — American to help someone achieve something by dealing with the people or problems that might prevent them from doing so. When it comes to finding a hotel room, you ll be glad to have a tourist guide run interference for you. (usually + for) …   New idioms dictionary

  • run interference N. Amer. — run interference N. Amer. informal intervene on someone s behalf, typically so as to protect them from distraction or annoyance. → interfere with …   English new terms dictionary

  • run interference — phrasal to provide assistance by or as if by clearing a path through obstructions < ran interference for me with the press > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • run interference — protect from attack, come between the attacker and the victim    We ve been running interference for the President all week people calling and demanding to speak with him about lying under oath …   English idioms

  • run interference — American to help someone to avoid problems and achieve something He grew up protected by an older brother who was always running interference for him …   English dictionary

  • run interference for (to) —  Assist, protect (football) …   American business jargon

  • interference — [in΄tər fir′əns] n. 1. an act or instance of interfering 2. something that interferes 3. ☆ a) Football the legal blocking of opposing players in order to clear the way for the ball carrier; also, the player or players who do such blocking b)… …   English World dictionary

  • interference — /in teuhr fear euhns/, n. 1. an act, fact, or instance of interfering. 2. something that interferes. 3. Physics. the process in which two or more light, sound, or electromagnetic waves of the same frequency combine to reinforce or cancel each… …   Universalium

  • interference — n. 1) to brook no interference 2) unwarranted interference 3) interference in, with 4) (misc.) (esp. Am. football) to run interference for * * * [ˌɪntə fɪ(ə)rəns] with (misc.) (esp. Am. football) to run interferencefor to brook no interference… …   Combinatory dictionary

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