Definition of full-court press in English:

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full-court press

noun

Basketball
1A defensive tactic in which members of a team cover their opponents throughout the court and not just near their own basket.
Example sentences
  • Florida needs to be consistently effective with its defense, whether the Gators are squeezing opponents with their full-court press or locking them up in the halfcourt.
  • By putting on the full-court press, the Cardinals hope to beat out the other teams, and they just might do that.
  • Next Year's NBA will hum with full-court presses, dead-eye jump-shooting, and endless fast-breaking.
1.1US An instance of aggressive pressure: if the president were to mount a full-court press for the space station
More example sentences
  • The Hunters' lead hit 24 midway through the third quarter, when YMY turned up the defensive pressure with a full-court press.
  • I just hope the Senate is strong enough to stand up to this full-court press by the White House.
  • The Johnsons take pride in their reputation for unassailable stewardship, and they have taken the lead in the industry's full-court press against the new rules.

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Syllabification: full-court press

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