onto the defensive

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.
See also: defensive

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
See also: defensive, on
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Until now, congressional Republicans had spent much of this year forcing Democrats onto the defensive, goading them into blocking bills aimed at curbing the rare abortions performed late in pregnancies and misleadingly accusing them of supporting infanticide.
Less effective after the break when Haring limped off and Hearts were forced more onto the defensive. But still worked tirelessly looking for second balls off Naismith and Clare.
The early exchanges were brutal in the Paris heat, but it was the world number one who found herself being forced onto the defensive as Stephens moved 4-1 ahead.
He, his son, grandson and successors steadily eroded the invaders' territories, the Norsemen were forced onto the defensive.
Driffield came onto the attack and took advantage of the extra man forcing the home side onto the defensive. With little time on the clock the visitors conjured up a last gasp try when centre Stephenson had the guile to kick the ball past YMCA defence and chase it up, just having the edge on the YM defenders and be first to get to the ball for a potential match saving try.
The Team Sky star was forced onto the defensive and could not stop Nibali cutting his lead, with the Bahrain Merida man finishing fourth.
Fuel reserves and aircraft carriers survived, but, as Heinrichs and Gallichio characterize things, the attack threw the United States forces onto the defensive for the first two years of the Pacific War, while rebuilding and repositioning happened at a pace that was slowed and muddled by President Roosevelt's decision to concentrate on the defeat of the Nazis in Europe.
The prospect of a renewed rise in OPEC output and global oil inventories during 2018 has thrown oil prices onto the defensive over the last four months.
Dugdale was forced onto the defensive as she faced tough questions on Corbyn's lessthan-outright condemnation of IRA terrorism at her manifesto launch.
However ministers also found themselves forced onto the defensive over Conservative plans to overhaul funding of social care which would for the first time see thousands of elderly people required to pay for the cost of being looked after in their own homes.
So far, ISIL has managed to take control over Manqourah, Zibedah, Dab' and Daba' and, consequentially, the Osoud Al-Sharqiya group has been forced onto the defensive for the time being.
He now holds the dubious distinction of committing the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, forcing Muslims everywhere onto the defensive. The only difference between this and other attacks is that there are no hashtag solidarity claims in Pakistan, few "We stand with you, Orlando" memes on our Facebooks, virtually no cutesie graphics or interlocking hands.
"Continued negative sentiment towards China has put the authorities back onto the defensive in recent days," Melanie Debono of Capital Economics said in a research note Wednesday.
A string of errors forced the Wolves onto the defensive for much of the third quarter but some robust work from forwards Ben Westwood and Chris Hill rallied their side and they drew level with a penalty from O'Brien on 58 minutes.
When these incidents occur, Muslims are forced onto the defensive, and feel they must explain that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, and that these terrorists are not representative of it.