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double-team

[duhb-uh l-teem]
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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.
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Origin of double-team

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Historical Examples

  • 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

v.

"attack two-on-one," 1860; see double (adj.) + team (v.). Related: Double-teamed; double-teaming.

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