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zone defense

noun, Sports.
a method of defense, especially in basketball and football, in which each member of the defensive team guards a specified portion of the playing area.
Origin of zone defense
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When a zone defense was called, employees stopped what they were doing to pick up debris on the floor and clean up any spills.

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