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double-team

[duhb-uh l-teem] /ˈdʌb əlˈtim/
verb (used with object)
1.
to defend against or block (an opposing player) by using two players, as in football or basketball:
By double-teaming the end the safety men left the other receiver in the open.
2.
to use two people in the handling of:
The company is double-teaming the more complicated jobs with both a scientist and a group manager.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism
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Examples from the web for double-team
  • It doesn't account for the nose tackle who holds his ground against the double-team and lets the linebacker make a play.
  • However, he can get isolated vs the double-team and can struggle to hold the point, as he does not always protect his body.
  • Some had to double-team to make it over, but all crossed safely.
  • We will double-team you if necessary to get anything back that you try to take away from us.
Word Origin and History for double-team
v.

"attack two-on-one," 1860; see double (adj.) + team (v.). Related: Double-teamed; double-teaming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for double-team

double-team

verb

To attack or defend against someone, esp a formidable athlete, with twice the usual forces: He was gaining every play till they double-teamed him

[1860+; originally fr doubling the team of horses used for a purpose]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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