Definition of double-team in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəbəltēm/
North American


[with object]
(In ball games, especially basketball) block (an opponent) with two players.
Example sentences
  • The one handed player is essentially double-teamed even when he has a single defender.
  • Making those perimeter shots is the key at a time opponents are double-teaming McGrady on almost every possession and Yao on most possessions.
  • A No.2 receiver is needed to stretch defenses and make opponents pay for double-teaming him.


An act of double-teaming.
Example sentences
  • He put the ball in Iverson's hands right after Sixers rebounds, and that prevented the Pacers from setting effective double-teams.
  • The second is to encourage the man with the ball to put it on the floor, since a double-team is more effective once the ball handler has used his dribble.
  • Getting into position hurriedly may prevent an effective double-team.

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Syllabification: dou·ble-team

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