full-court press
noun Date: 1952 1. a press employed in basketball on both halves of the court 2. an all-out effort or offensive

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  • full-court press — n [singular] 1.) a method of defending in a strong way in ↑basketball 2.) AmE informal the use of pressure or influence by several groups on someone ▪ The DEA and the Justice Department put a full court press on the drug barons …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • full-court press — noun singular 1. ) a method of playing basketball in which one team puts pressure on their opponents in all parts of the COURT 2. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL the use of strong pressure to get what you want …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • full-court press — full′ court press′ n. 1) spo a basketball defense in which the team without the ball pressures the opponent the entire length of the court 2) inf a vigorous attack or offensive; strong pressure • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • full-court press — [fool′kôrt΄] n. Basketball a PRESS1 (n. 8) over the entire length of the court …   English World dictionary

  • Full-court press — A full court press is a basketball term that refers to a defensive style in which the defense applies man to man or zone defense to pressure the offensive team the entire length of the court before and after the inbound pass. Some presses attempt …   Wikipedia

  • full-court press — I. noun : a press employed in basketball on both halves of the court called also all court press II. noun : an all out effort or offensive campaigned with a full court press Hays Gorey …   Useful english dictionary

  • full-court press — /fool kawrt , kohrt / 1. Basketball. a tactic of harassing, close guarding defense in which the team without the ball pressures the opponent man to man the entire length of the court in order to disrupt dribbling or passing and force a turnover:… …   Universalium

  • full-court press — noun a) A coordinated maneuver, involving all team members, to block or interfere with the opposing teams attempt to advance the ball down the playing court. The White House has been engaged in a full court press to prevent other Republican… …   Wiktionary

  • full-court press — noun (singular) 1 a method of attacking in the game of basketball 2 AmE informal the use of pressure or influence by one group on another: The DEA and the Justice Department put a full court press on the drug baron …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • full court press —  Maximum pressure, all out effort (basketball).  ► “The U.S. Department of Labor and scores of pension groups are making a full court press on the American public and Congress to get them into better shape on saving and retirement issues.”… …   American business jargon

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