triple-team

verb

tri·​ple-team ˈtri-pəl-ˌtēm How to pronounce triple-team (audio)
triple-teamed; triple-teaming; triple-teams

transitive verb

: to block or guard (an opponent) with three players at one time
triple-team noun

Examples of triple-team in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His coverage abilities were met by double-teams and triple-teams over that span. Oliver Thomas, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 In a 63-29 loss to Monte Vista, despite often being triple-teamed, Hughes put up 41 shots. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 Other times, Hardy must fight through extra contact — like Wednesday when Dudley called for a triple-team defense against Hardy during the final scrimmage session. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 5 July 2023 Nurse earned a reputation as a creative defensive tactician, who often stymied Embiid by throwing double- and triple-teams at him. Dan Gelston, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2023 Ham noted that Davis was often double- and triple-teamed in the post. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2023 That meant not just bombarding him with double- and triple-teams, but also mixing up coverages. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2023 Bowman, who was doubled and sometimes triple-teamed by opponents, filled stat sheets in tough nonconference games with 22 points in a win against Fedrick County champion Tuscarora. Timothy Dashiell, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2023 Embiid didn’t miss from midrange, despite double- and triple-teams, and Tucker, who hit just 52 3-pointers in 73 games, made three in a two-minute span late in the fourth quarter. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triple-team was in 1973

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“Triple-team.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triple-team. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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