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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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Word Origin and History for doubleteam

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 doubleteam

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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