To be on the defensive
Defensive De*fen"sive, n. That which defends; a safeguard. [1913 Webster]

Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{To be on the defensive}, {To stand on the defensive}, to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack. [1913 Webster]


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