(redirected from run interference)
Also found in: Dictionary, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to run interference: run roughshod, On a par, hold off, come to fruition
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • all
  • verb
  • noun
  • phrase

Synonyms for run


take part






give a lift to



be staged


  • be staged
  • be on
  • be presented
  • be produced
  • be put on
  • be performed
  • be mounted

be valid


  • be valid
  • be in force
  • be legally binding








free use


  • free use
  • unrestricted access to
  • a free hand in
  • unrestricted use of




sudden demand for


  • sudden demand for
  • pressure for
  • clamour for
  • rush for

in the long run


on the run: in retreat

on the run: hurrying

run after something or someone

run along


run away


run away with something or someone: abscond with


run away with something or someone: win easily


  • win easily
  • walk it
  • romp home
  • win hands down
  • win by a mile

run for it


run high


  • be intense
  • be strong
  • be passionate
  • be vehement
  • be impassioned

run into someone

run into something: be beset by


run into something: collide with


run off


run off with someone


run on something or someone


  • dwell on
  • be dominated by
  • be concerned with
  • be preoccupied with
  • revolve round
  • centre round
  • be fixated with

run out: be used up


run out: expire


run out of something


  • exhaust your supply of
  • be out of
  • be cleaned out
  • have no more
  • have none left
  • have no remaining

run out on someone


run over something: exceed


  • exceed
  • overstep
  • go over the top of
  • go beyond the bounds of
  • go over the limit of

run over something or someone

run someone in


run someone through

run something in


  • break in gently
  • run gently

run something off

run something or someone down: criticize

run something or someone down: downsize

run something or someone down: knock down

run through something: rehearse

run through something: pervade

run through something: squander

Synonyms for run

to move swiftly on foot so that both feet leave the ground during each stride

to look to when in need

to complete a race or competition in a specified position

to move freely as a liquid

to come forth or emit in abundance

to change from a solid to a liquid

to proceed on a certain course or for a certain distance

to change or fluctuate within limits

to be performed


to urge to move along


to look for and pursue (game) in order to capture or kill it

to perform a function effectively

to set or keep going

to control or direct the functioning of

to import or export secretly and illegally

to separate or pull apart by force

to cause to penetrate with force

to control the course of (an activity)

to have charge of (the affairs of others)

run across: to find or meet by chance

run after: to follow (another) with the intent of overtaking and capturing


run away: to break loose and leave suddenly, as from confinement or from a difficult or threatening situation

run down: to lose so much strength and power as to become ineffective or motionless

run down: to pursue and locate

run down: to think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant

run down: to give a recapitulation of the salient facts of

run in: to take into custody as a prisoner

run in: to go to or seek out the company of in order to socialize

run into: to find or meet by chance

run into: to come up against

run into: to come to in number or quantity

run on: to talk volubly, persistently, and usually inconsequentially

run out: to make or become no longer active or productive

run out: to prove deficient or insufficient


run out: to become void, especially through passage of time or an omission


run through: to give a recapitulation of the salient facts of

run through: to look through reading matter casually

a trip in a motor vehicle

a small stream

a hole made by tearing


a number of things placed or occurring one after the other

Synonyms for run

a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely

an unbroken series of events

(American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team

a regular trip

Related Words

the act of running

the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation

unrestricted freedom to use

Related Words

the production achieved during a continuous period of operation (of a machine or factory etc.)

Related Words

a small stream

a race between candidates for elective office

a row of unravelled stitches


the pouring forth of a fluid

a short trip

Related Words

stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope

direct or control

have a particular form


Related Words

perform as expected when applied

change or be different within limits


run, stand, or compete for an office or a position

cause to emit recorded audio or video


Related Words

move about freely and without restraint, or act as if running around in an uncontrolled way

have a tendency or disposition to do or be something

be operating, running or functioning

change from one state to another

Related Words

cause to perform

be affected by

Related Words

occur persistently

carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine

pass over, across, or through

cause something to pass or lead somewhere

cause an animal to move fast

sail before the wind

Related Words

cover by running

extend or continue for a certain period of time


Related Words

set animals loose to graze

keep company


Related Words

run with the ball

Related Words

travel rapidly, by any (unspecified) means

travel a route regularly

progress by being changed


Related Words

reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating

come unraveled or undone as if by snagging

become undone


References in periodicals archive ?
Relying on his producer Dewey Hughes to run interference, Petey's unprecedented tell-it- like-it-is on air style gave voice and spirit to his community during an exciting and turbulent period in American history.
Ashitaka tries to run interference between the two sides and bonds with the initially reluctant Mononoke in the process.
Relying on his producer Dewey Hughes to run interference, Petey's unprecedented 'tell it like it is' on air style gave voice and spirit to his community during an exciting and turbulent period in American history.
Both of these groups, as well as their closely aligned supporters, should be ashamed of themselves for trying to get government to run interference for their unconstitutional agendas.
They always get back to me right away, they run interference for me with the manufacturers, and they make things happen.
But what about those children who had to run interference for emotionally healthy parents with physical disabilities?
Levin) said: "Despite overwhelming evidence that Attorney General Janet Reno has spent the last 12 months blocking the FBI's efforts to investigate allegations of law- breaking by the president and vice president, Senators Glenn and Levin continue to use their high offices to run interference for the Clinton White House and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).