full-court press


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full-court press

1. In basketball, a strategy in which the defensive team applies pressure on the offensive team across the entire court. We were down by 15, so we ran a full-court press and started to create some turnovers.
2. By extension, an aggressive or increased effort to win or accomplish something. Congress pulled out a full-court press in an effort to get the bill passed.
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full-court press

An all-out effort to exert pressure. For example, She'd learned over the years how to deliver a full-court press of guilt. The term alludes to a basketball tactic in which the defenders put pressure on the opposing team over the entire court, trying to disrupt their dribbling and passing. [Late 1900s]
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a full-court press

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A full-court press is a big effort to achieve something. He praised the full-court press by Canadian officials, which included a personal telephone call from the prime minister. When his daughter became ill, he had to do a full-court press to get her treated. Note: You can say that you put the full-court press on someone if you put a lot of pressure on them to achieve something or give you something. We should put the full-court press on the government to obtain funding for major road projects. Note: In basketball, a full-court press is where the defending players stay close to the attacking players over the whole area of the court, rather than just in front of their own basket.
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Maynard (16-5), using a tenacious full-court press, caused the Cougars (15-7) fits right from the get-go.
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 Bush administration is in full-court press promoting the new tribunals.
They use full-court press, so that's the part that we really have to focus on,' he said.
The Rams rallied back to 29-25 at halftime thanks to a trapping full-court press, which forced several turnovers, and a strong offensive output by Barbale, who got to the hoop at will.
By designating the 1-2-1-1 full-court zone press the "1 Press," the 2-2-1 zone press the "2 Press," the 2-1-2 full-court press the "3 Press," the full-court Run and Jump as the "4 Press," and the full-court man-to-man press the "5 Press," a team can use multiple full-court pressure defenses with a simple numbering/naming system.
We still have our lapses, said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, who was plucked out of Letran after leading the Knights to the NCAA title last season using a vaunted full-court press.
The 1-2-1-1 Full-Court Press is an aggressive type of full-court zone that is very different than its major counterpart, the 2-2-1 full-court zone press.