dou·​ble-team ˈdə-bəl-ˌtēm How to pronounce double-team (audio)
double-teamed; double-teaming; double-teams

transitive verb

: to block or guard (an opponent) with two players at one time
double-team noun

Examples of double-team in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The senior captain works well with his center or tackle on double-teams and features smooth athleticism. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2024 Zach Edey, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, scored 16 points in the first half, bullying UConn sophomore Donovan Clingan and drawing double-team attention when Clingan went to the bench with his second foul. USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 Murphy is powerful and well-schooled at taking on double-teams but lacks ideal mass and length for that role long-term.... Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 Playing Jackson-Davis with Green allows the latter to take more chances in double-teaming and rotating. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 The increase in double-teams that Adebayo is getting near the paint didn’t lead to more three-point shots? Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 But the Spartans sniffed it out, double-teaming LeDee and forcing Butler to instead pass to Trammell in the right corner. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Feb. 2024 His coverage abilities were met by double-teams and triple-teams over that span. Oliver Thomas, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The five-time Pro Bowl selection consistently wrecks opponents' game plans, his 20% pass-rush win rate trailing only the Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald among defensive tackles despite his league-high 72% double-team rate, according to ESPN. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double-team was in 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Double-team.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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