full-court press

noun

Definition of full-court press

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

Examples of full-court press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the next several weeks, Ramsland and others tied to ASOG played key roles in the full-court press to persuade Americans that the 2020 election had been rigged. Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2021 With the full-court press providing the energy, the Ladyjacks held Georgia Tech to 24 percent shooting the first half, including 1 of 9 from behind the arc and 17 points. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Mar. 2021 In the months leading up to the bill’s passage in 2017, Bechtel had executed a full-court press in Washington, meeting with Trump administration officials and spending more than $1 million lobbying on tax issues. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, 12 Aug. 2021 Indeed, after creating his first resume in decades, Deutsch attacked the process like his players execute a full-court press. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, 30 July 2021 Over the next several weeks, Ramsland and others tied to ASOG played key roles in the full-court press to persuade Americans that the 2020 election had been rigged. Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2021 Over the next several weeks, Ramsland and others tied to ASOG played key roles in the full-court press to persuade Americans that the 2020 election had been rigged. Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2021 Over the next several weeks, Ramsland and others tied to ASOG played key roles in the full-court press to persuade Americans that the 2020 election had been rigged. Washington Post, 9 May 2021 To use the easiest sports analogy, Dennis executes a full-court press. John Anderson, WSJ, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of full-court press

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Full-court press.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-court%20press. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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full-court press

noun

English Language Learners Definition of full-court press

: a very aggressive way of playing defense over all areas of the court
: a very aggressive effort or attack usually involving many people

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