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on the defensive

In a state of readiness, willingness, and preparedness to defend oneself against aggression, criticism, or attack. He went on the defensive when we started questioning the originality of his work. She always puts me on the defensive with the accusatory way she talks to me. The home team is on the defensive now as their cross-town rivals try to push for a touchdown in the final minutes of the game.
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onto the defensive

In a state of readiness, willingness, and preparedness to defend oneself against aggression, criticism, or attack. He went onto the defensive when we started questioning the originality of his work. She always puts me onto the defensive with the accusatory way she talks to me. The home team was forced onto the defensive now as their cross-town rivals try to push for a touchdown in the final minutes of the game.
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on the defensive

weary and ready to defend oneself. John goes on the defensive when his athletic ability is questioned. The child was on the defensive when questioned about cheating.
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on the defensive

Prepared for withstanding aggression or attack, as in The debate team's plan was to keep their opponents on the defensive, or This teacher put students on the defensive about their mistakes. [c. 1600]
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on/onto the deˈfensive

acting in a way that shows that you expect to be attacked or criticized; having to defend yourself: Their questions about the money put her on the defensive.Warnings of an enemy attack forced the troops onto the defensive. OPPOSITE: on the offensive
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on the defensive

Prepared to withstand or counter aggression or attack.
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When the Houston Texans gave Watt a six-year, $100 million contract before the start of the 2014 season, the pass rusher rewarded the team by winning two straight consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards.
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The few existing precedents essentially link defensive pessimism to performance goals (Elliot & Church, 2003; Rodriguez et al., 2004; Yamawaki et al., 2004).
He led all MLB second basemen in assists, ranked third with a .989 fielding percentage, third with a 4.71 range factor, and his nine defensive runs saved (DRS) was tops among players at his position--edging Ian Kinsler (6), Whit Merrifield (5) and Brandon Phillips (5).
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Questionnaire surveys generally conclude that virtually all doctors practice defensive medicine.
The work-up of chest pain in this patient can be considered defensive medicine if it's done primarily out of malpractice fear.
In a first-ever national survey of orthopedic surgeons, 96 percent said they have practiced defensive medicine--the ordering of tests, referrals to specialists and hospital admissions primarily to avoid liability and without significant benefit to patients--according to a new study presented at this year's annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Russell Investments, said that its Defensive and Dynamic indices, introduced in February 2011, will expand coverage beyond the US stock universe to the 10,000 stocks tracked by Russell Indexes globally, including the emerging markets.
For example, an occurrence of offensive rushing for one team is an occurrence of defensive rushing for the other.
Some doctors may feel the need to order more tests and treatments to avoid being legally vulnerable." (1) By practicing what the President called "excessive defensive medicine," doctors provide "more treatment rather than better care" and drive up the cost of health care (Box).
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