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bat for the other team

1. To play for or support, either secretly or openly, the opposing side in a given contest or debate. Refers to cricket and baseball terminology, meaning to be a batter for the other team during a game. While the senator continues to publicly denounce the proposed tax law, many feel that he is really batting for the other team.
2. To be attracted to or have sexual relations with people of the same sex; a euphemism for being homosexual. I asked Simone out on a date, but it turns out that she bats for the other team.
See also: bat, other, team

tiger team

business jargon A team of highly skilled professionals who are assembled to investigate, test, or try to exploit the potential weaknesses of a company's or organization's security system. The tech giant has begun recruiting coders and hackers fresh out of college into tiger teams to stress test vulnerabilities in their new operating system.
See also: team, tiger

home team

A sports team that is playing in its regular arena in its home city. I always love to see the fans' enthusiasm and excitement when the home team wins.
See also: home, team

tag team

1. noun A team of two wrestlers who take turns competing against an opposing pair of wrestlers. The two teammates touch hands when one player leaves the ring, so that the other can "tag in." A tag team is only as strong as its weakest member.
2. noun Two people working in cooperation. Now that we're a tag team, I think we'll get through this project a lot faster.
3. verb To work in cooperation with another person. Let's tag team to get this project done.
See also: tag, team

there's no I in team

Said to encourage teamwork and cooperation, as opposed to self-centered thinking or action. The "I" in the phrase refers to the first person pronoun. I know you want to play first base, but we really need you in the outfield today. Come on, there's no I in team. There's no I in team, people. Focus on what will be good for the group as a whole.
See also: no, team

team up (with one)

1. To join someone or a group to form a team or association. By teaming up with the foreign distribution company, we've been able to quadruple our sales in under a year. If we teamed up, we could solve this crime in no time.
2. To join two or more people together into a team or association. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "team" and "up." I'm teaming you up with Jenny to write this report. I can't believe they teamed me up with Tommy Jenkins—he's the slowest runner in the entire school.
See also: team, up

the whole team and the dog under the wagon

old-fashioned A person who is extremely talented or capable; the person who does all the work or is responsible for success. Primarily heard in US. In our house, our mother was the whole team and the dog under the wagon—she worked for our keep, kept the house in order, and made sure my brothers and I were always doing our best in school. When it comes to signing the best clients, Samantha is the whole team and the dog under the wagon.
See also: and, dog, team, wagon, whole

take one for the team

To sacrifice one's own welfare or interests in favor of others'. Honey bees actually die when they sting you, but they are so protective of their hive that they will take one for the team without hesitation. My friend was desperate to go on a date with this guy, so I took one for the team and agreed to go on a double date with his less attractive friend.
See also: one, take, team

teamwork makes the dream work

A phrase used when two or more people have collaborated positively on some project or to some end. A: "Hey, thanks for helping me finish my part of the project." B: "No problem. Teamwork makes the dream work." Let me help you hang the banner. Teamwork makes the dream work!
See also: dream, make, work

make the team

To be selected for an athletic team due to one's talents. I always wanted to play football, but the coach said I was too scrawny to make the team. Sarah finally made the team after her third attempt at the tryouts.
See also: make, team

team player

1. Someone who works well in a team or group. John's always been a real team player, never hesitating to chip in or help others out where he can.
2. Someone who does what is necessary to maintain the success or further the goals of their team or company, especially at their own expense or to their own detriment. The boss will always try to belittle you for not being a team player if don't agree to stay late or work weekends.
See also: player, team

team Xerox

A fictional source of plagiarized content, humorously likened to something that has been photocopied (as with the Xerox brand of photocopiers). A: "Did you hear that parts of the senator's speech were taken nearly word-for-word from his opponent's from three years ago?" B: "Sounds like he's got team Xerox writing his stuff." Nowadays, you're guaranteed to have at least one student who gets their papers from team Xerox.
See also: team

make the team

to have been qualified enough to be selected to play on a sports team. I tried out, but I didn't make the team.
See also: make, team

team player someone

who works well with the group; someone who is loyal to the group. Ted is a team player. I am sure that he will cooperate with us.
See also: player, team

team up (with someone)

to join with someone. I teamed up with Jane to write the report. I had never teamed up with anyone else before. I had always worked alone.
See also: team, up

*up against someone or something

in opposition to someone or something, as in a contest. (*Typically: be ~; come ~; go ~; run ~; team ~.) Let's team up against Paul and Tony in the footrace. We came up against a very strong team.
See also: up

*up against something

1. Fig. resting firmly against something. (*Typically: be ~; place something ~.) The car is up against the back of the garage! Back out a little!
2. Fig. in conflict with something; facing something as a barrier. (Fig. on {2}. *Typically: be ~; go ~.) l am up against some serious problems.
See also: up

team up with

Form an association with, as in Our pediatrician is teaming up with specialists in such areas as orthopedics and cardiology. This expression alludes to the harnessing together of draft animals, such as oxen. [First half of 1900s]
See also: team, up

up against

Contending or confronted with, as in I'm up against a strong opponent in this election. This idiom is also put as up against it, which means "in serious difficulty, especially in desperate financial straits." For example, When the collection agency called again, we knew we were up against it. [Late 1800s]
See also: up

a whole team and the dog under the wagon

a person of superior ability; an outstandingly gifted or able person. US
See also: and, dog, team, wagon, whole

team up

1. To form or join a team or an association: We decided to team up and combine our resources. The police are teaming up with schools to prevent violence.
2. To combine someone into a team or an association: The coach teamed me up with two of the worst athletes in the school. My boss teamed up the best workers for the project.
See also: team, up

team Xerox

n. the imaginary source of copied documents, such as term papers. (Implies cheating or plagiarism. Xerox is a protected trade name.) I got the term paper in on time with the help of team Xerox.
See also: team

up against

Confronted with; facing: up against a strong opponent.
See also: up

dream team

An outstanding combination of individuals or factors that promises huge success. This term originated in the second half of the twentieth century in sports, where it signified a team made up of the best players. It soon was transferred to other venues, as in the New York Times headline for a story about wealthy lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran (Sept. 3, 2000), “Finding a ‘Dream Team’ for his Finances.” It is well on its way to clichédom.
See also: dream, team

take one for the team

To make a sacrifice on behalf of the group. The “classic” use of the phrase is when a baseball batter deliberately allows himself to be hit by a pitched ball that forces a home run to win a tied game. Another scenario: your pal wants to go out on a date with a real babe, but the babe won't go unless your pal finds a date for her homely friend. Your pal begs you. You accept. You're taking one for the team.
See also: one, take, team
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At 3 p.m., the collecting phase of this BioBlitz ends, and the preliminary score for all teams combined stands at just over 1,000 species identified.
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