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

Examples of full-court press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans and the Trump campaign mounted a full-court press in response to Biden’s offensive, highlighting that there was little discussion of street violence at the Democratic conventions. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump and campaign welcome Biden to law-and-order fight," 1 Sep. 2020 That was the message Carr and Attorneys General Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas and Ashley Moody of Florida delivered to reporters as part of a Republican full-court press to make Trump’s message stick. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'Dereliction of duty': Republican attorneys general accuse local Democrats of abetting rioters," 2 Sep. 2020 So, Pac-12 Conference programs have to get creative to get them, often putting on a full-court press to recruit a prospect across the country. oregonlive, "Curtis Neal, nation’s No. 11 defensive tackle, on Oregon Ducks: ’I think I can be the piece to win them the natty’," 2 Sep. 2020 The public opinion survey indicates that the president’s full-court press on law and order in recent weeks may be one reason the race is tightening in Pennsylvania. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Biden tops Trump in Pennsylvania, but lead shrinks: poll," 2 Sep. 2020 But Harris will also face a full-court press of negative framing from her Republican rivals. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "From rival to running mate: What 'fearless fighter' Kamala Harris brings to Joe Biden's ticket," 12 Aug. 2020 It’s a full-court press of protocols and guidelines led by trainer Matt Summers and the rest of the staff. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "A week into fall camp, U of L football players feel safe with program's COVID-19 protocols," 8 Aug. 2020 Officially, supporters say the state was always earmarked for a full-court press. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump heads to New Hampshire as Democratic Rust Belt 'blue wall' strengthens," 10 July 2020 After the meeting, Esper and other military leaders began a full-court press effort to encourage the nation’s governors to activate their National Guard forces on state duty. NBC News, "Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley discussed resigning over role in Trump's church photo op," 11 June 2020

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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 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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