full-court press


Definition of full-court press

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

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The Trump administration is running a full-court press, particularly in Europe, to narrow Huawei’s lead in supplying the world’s cellular-communications infrastructure. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "U.S.-Huawei Fight to Take Center Stage at Trade Show," 22 Feb. 2019 Photo: xavier galiana/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Huawei’s full-court press to try to lead the development of 5G was on display at a five-star hotel last March in the southern Indian port city of Chennai. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "U.S. Campaign Against Huawei Runs Aground in an Exploding Tech Market," 21 Feb. 2019 To pass ObamaCare, the White House and its allies launched a full-court press against all House Democrats, including moderates with doubts about its cost and coverage. Ted Van Dyk, WSJ, "Democrats Haven’t Turned Back From 1968," 18 Oct. 2018 The Warriors blitzed Terre Haute South 83-48 on Saturday night, beating the Braves’ full-court press time after time. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "No. 1 Warren Central survives Ben Davis, hammers Terre Haute South for regional title," 10 Mar. 2018 Immediately after the high-court decision, CICIG apologists launched a full-court press on Capitol Hill to cover up the U.N. agency’s many transgressions. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Guatemala, Russia and the Bitkovs," 1 July 2018 Johnson deployed a full-court press in the second half, trying to force turnovers and quick layups, but his team never got closer than 16 points in the last 14 minutes. USA TODAY, "Maten, Georgia overpower Alabama in easy 65-46 win," 6 Jan. 2018 Jontay Porter, inbounding the ball against a full-court press, heaved the basketball to his right, near halfcourt — where no Tigers were. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Why Missouri blew a 12-point lead against Mississippi State’s press," 10 Feb. 2018 Northampton set a full-court press, using two or three defenders at a time to swarm ball carriers. Greg Levinsky And Mike Kotsopoulos, BostonGlobe.com, "Ashley Sampson rallies Foxborough in OT," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of full-court press

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of full-court press

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

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