full-court press

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full-court press

[fool-kawrt, -kohrt]
noun
1.
Basketball. a tactic of harassing, close-guarding defense in which the team without the ball pressures the opponent man-to-man the entire length of the court in order to disrupt dribbling or passing and force a turnover: Suddenly behind by eighteen points, they went to a full-court press.
2.
a vigorous attack or offensive.
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full-court press
 
n
basketball the tactic of harrying the opposing team in all areas of the court, as opposed to the more usual practice of trying to defend one's own basket

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full-court press

An all-out effort to exert pressure. For example, She'd learned over the years how to deliver a full-court press of guilt. The term alludes to a basketball tactic in which the defenders put pressure on the opposing team over the entire court, trying to disrupt their dribbling and passing. [Late 1900s]

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Example sentences
It's a situation that really calls for a full-court press.
State government, private industry and consumers need a full-court press on energy efficiency efforts, beginning now.
We are partnering with industry to organize a full-court press on vaccine development.
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