American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Basketball An aggressive defensive strategy in which one or two players harass the ball handler in the backcourt while the rest of the team maintains a close man-to-man or zone defense.
- n. A strong, diversified effort: "The Administration undertook a full-court press to secure congressional approval” ( Abraham F. Lowenthal).
- n. basketball A coordinated maneuver, involving all team members, to block or interfere with the opposing team's attempt to advance the ball down the playing court.
- n. figuratively, by extension A thorough, collaborative effort to overcome or constrain another person or group, especially a rival or opponent.
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