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 One reason for the Democrats' full-court press is that the party can ill afford to lose another seat due to their incredibly fragile and razor-thin majority in the House, which is their smallest since World War II. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 28 May 2021 In the months prior to the vote, there had been a full-court press against advancing the resolution. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Apr. 2021 DeSoto held defending state champion Duncanville to a season-low 39 points in the regional final by playing strictly zone defense, then used both the zone and a full-court press to defeat South Grand Prairie 63-52 in the state semifinal. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 12 Mar. 2021 The Trojans have put the full-court press on Utah’s Jaxson Dart, whose rise from unranked to 18th nationally among quarterbacks has been closely monitored by USC. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2020 Gaetz went on a full-court press when the allegations arose Tuesday, providing print and television interviews to confirm the investigation and promote his extortion claim. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2021 The Patriots committed six turnovers in the first quarter against E’town’s full-court press. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2021 As in, Teachers have launched a full-court press to get bourbon in their classrooms. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Apr. 2021 The authorization comes as Amazon is making a full-court press into health care. Erin Brodwin, STAT, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of full-court press

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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5 Jun 2021

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“Full-court press.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full-court%20press. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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