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full-court press


from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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 approvalā€ ( Abraham F. Lowenthal).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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. A thorough, collaborative effort to overcome or constrain another person or group, especially a rival or opponent.


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