full-court press


: a press employed in basketball on both halves of the court
: an all-out effort or offensive

Examples of full-court press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Full court homelessness press Newsom’s remarks capped a full-court press from the executive branch on homelessness and housing issues Thursday. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 18 Apr. 2024 The full-court press that usually fuels the Buckeyes didn't give the Gophers much trouble, but those quick hands in the passing and dribbling lanes sure did. Dave Campbell, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2024 Miller's been able to utilize the Columbus native's length at the top of the 1-2-2 full-court press, which has been a key tool for the Musketeers since Christmas. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 26 Jan. 2024 The Wolves went to a full-court press which led to steals and dunks on the other end. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 The Musketeers came out in a full-court press after the first media timeout and Karaban knocked down a 3-pointer at the 13:59 mark and UConn led by double digits for the remainder of the afternoon. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 29 Jan. 2024 In all seriousness, money would be no object if team owner Arthur Blank puts on the full-court press to get Belichick. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 But Dubai is clearly sensitive to financial pressure, as evidenced by its full-court press to get off the FATF and EU gray lists. John Prendergast, Foreign Affairs, 27 Feb. 2024 The Monarchs were the faster, stronger team against Orange Lutheran, were dominant under the basket and gave the Lancers trouble with their signature full-court press. Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of full-court press was in 1949

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“Full-court press.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-court%20press. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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