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full-court press

(fo͝ol′kôrt′)
n.
1. 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.
2. A strong, concerted effort: "The Administration undertook a full-court press to secure congressional approval" (Abraham F. Lowenthal).
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full-court press

n
(Basketball) basketball the tactic of harrying the opposing team in all areas of the court, as opposed to the more usual practice of trying to defend one's own basket
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full′-court` press′


n.
1. a basketball defense in which the team without the ball pressures the opponent the entire length of the court.
2. a vigorous attack or offensive; strong pressure.
[1950–55]
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These similar characteristics simplify the three full-court presses so that any or possibly all three of them can be executed within the defensive system.
Offensive-minded coaches usually attack this range of full-court presses in different manners.