on defense

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Definition of on defense

sports
: on the part of a team that defends the goal She began the season on defense, but her coach later put her on offense.

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“On defense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20defense. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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