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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.


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Nearby words

double-stop, double-system sound recording, double-tailed, double-take, double-talk, double-team, double-time, double-tongue, double-tongued, double-trailer truck, double-u

Origin of double-team

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for double-team

  • 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