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Nuremberg defense

A plea or legal defense strategy in which the defendant claims that their actions were solely the result of carrying out the orders of superiors and that, as such, they 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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the best defense is a good offense

Proactively attacking one's opponents or enemies is the best way to protect oneself, since they will be occupied with defending themselves, rather than attacking. They have a lot of scoring power, so we need to attack the goal early and wear them out. The best defense is a good offense, girls.
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the noble art (of self-defense)

The sport of boxing. Any two yahoos can get into a fistfight, but it takes real skill, dedication, and training to learn the noble art of self-defense. He spent most of his career training in the noble art before joining the world of mixed martial arts last year.
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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.
See also: defense, good, offense

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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He usually will start with one circle at the LOS and work around the perimeter until the defense has hit all seven circles in order.
The budgets are developed at USASAC, with input from the Army Materiel Command major subordinate commands that are commodity commands, and submitted through Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) to the Defense Security Cooperation Aagency.
Offensive/defensive rankings: Royal: offense 26th, defense 14th.
We all know that zone defense is easier to teach, but our high schools and colleges continue to gravitate toward man defense with gimmick zones.
The defense proved successful against all forms of option football, the Wing-T, I, and different pro sets.
Obering shared the stage with Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, who the general introduced as "a champion of missile defense.
The required techniques, slides, and rotations of the zone press defenders; including the names of all the pressing positions in the three-zone press defenses ("3 Press," "1 Press," and "2 Press") are all very comparable to the names in the other two zone presses.
We have been at the forefront of the effort to consult with allies in Europe and Asia on the Pentagon's new Global Defense Posture, and are similarly in the lead on the Global Peace Operations Initiative, an effort to improve readiness of up to 75 peacekeeping battalions around the world over 5 years, which was announced at the Sea Island G-8 Summit and featured by President Bush in his UN General Assembly speech this September.
The part of the cliche that's correct is that in any sport, I don't care if it's baseball, basketball or football, defense will keep you in the game,'' said Tracy, the Dodgers manager, who is rooting for the Buccaneers' defense to carry the day.
On the same day, the San Francisco Chronicle warned, "[N]ow, more than ever, an antimissile defense system mocks the actual dangers that threaten Americans -- as well as the rest of the world.
Lawrence Korb, Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration, takes issue with the two-war strategy.
Probably the simplest and most effective way to deal with these complicated rules is to gain a clear understanding of the defenses available to taxpayers when the accuracy-related penalty becomes an issue.
He has coached top 10 defenses in five of those six seasons.
Billy Robinson, CEO of Cyber Defense Systems states, "Separately we have invested our own capital to build and fly prototypes.
Billy Robinson, CEO Cyber Defense Systems states, "Cyber Defense has gone through a rapid growth cycle over the last 8 months.