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[duhb-uh l-teem] /ˈdʌb əlˈtim/
verb (used with object)
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.
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 of double-team
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was soon clear that he could not haul wagons over the road, and he proposed to go without wagons and double-team his artillery.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth Manning Ferguson Force
  • I don't want any double-team arrangement where I have to pull the load and the other horse, too.

    Old Gorgon Graham George Horace Lorimer
Word Origin and History for double-team

"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



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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