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Nuremberg defense

A plea or legal defense strategy in which the defendant claims that his or her actions were solely the result of carrying out the orders of superiors and that, as such, he or she should not be found guilty of such actions. Refers to the use of such a defense by political and military leaders of defeated Nazi Germany in the Nuremberg Trials of 1945–46. Against the charge of unlawful murder during wartime, the staff sergeant's defense attorney put forward a Nuremberg defense, claiming that the killings were carried out under direct orders by superior officers.
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attack is the best form of defense

Launching an offensive is the best way to protect oneself. I need to start some rumors about Dean, before he comes after me. I know it sounds harsh, but attack is the best form of defense!
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best defense is a good offense

Prov. If you attack your opponents, they will be so busy fighting off your attack that they will not be able to attack you. (Often associated with sports. Often pronounced with the accent on the first syllable, similar to offense.) The team mostly practiced offensive moves because the coach believed that the best defense is a good offense. Jim thought that the best defense is a good offense, so he always tried to pass other drivers before they could pass him.
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spring to someone's defense

Fig. to go quickly to defend someone. (Can be against physical or verbal attack.) Fred was attacked and Ralph sprang to his defense. We sprang to Mary's defense when she was accused of doing wrong.
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Since the security strategy identifies proliferation of nuclear weapons as a major threat to national security, ballistic missile defenses provide a critical layer of defense for protecting the United States against weapons of mass destruction-armed missile attacks, he said.
By designating the 2-1-2 full-court press as the "3 Press," the 1-2-1-1 full-court zone press "1 Press," the 2-2-1 zone press "2 Press," the full-court Run and Jump as "4 Press", and a full-court man-to-man press as "5 Press", you should find it easy to name and distinguish the five possible full-court pressure defenses.
The only problem is, President Bush and Secretary Powell have not yet worked through to the issue of defense trade policy, such that I can give you a first look at the second Bush Administration's handling of this important issue.
The oldest rivalry lives on today in San Diego in the showdown between the Oakland offense, which gained more yards than any other in the NFL in the regular season, and the Tampa Bay defense, which allowed the fewest.
For those who insist on some kind of defense against enemy missiles, Establishment liberals have a pat concession: Limited ABM defenses are okay, as long as they don't pose a serious threat to a major nuclear-armed adversary like the Russians.
6662(b)(2) imposes a 20% penalty on any substantial understatement of income tax, all of the following defenses are potentially available to the taxpayer.
He has coached top 10 defenses in five of those six seasons.
Though our personnel and schemes differed at each school, we were fortunate enough to develop outstanding defenses built on great pursuit, elimination of mental mistakes, and an intense effort from each player.
FMS, which are government-to-government sales of defense articles and services, not only enhance the defensive capabilities of our allies, but also promote interoperability of materiel, logistics, and training all areas vital to the success of coalition security.
Space-based missile defenses could shoot down nuclear missiles early, during their boost phase as their rocket engines are lifting them off the earth, Cheney said.
A knowledge of man defense will make the team more versatile and capable of learning other defenses.
The difference between Hancock and Bakersfield is pass defense,'' Lyon said.
Overall, it's being sold as a way to give more money to the troops and for readiness, but one of the main goals is to spend more on unneeded, gold-plated Cold War relics," says Christopher Hellman of the Center for Defense Information.
Offenses change: Short Punt to Single Wing to Split-T Option to Wing-T to Wishbone to I Formation to Veer to Pro Set, and the defenses have to make adjustments to meet the challenge.
Offensive/defensive rankings: Alemany: offense 3rd; defense 25th.