man-to-man defense


noun Sports.

a method of defense in team sports, especially in basketball and football, in which each member of the defensive team is designated to guard a particular member of the offensive team.

Nearby words

  1. man-of-war bird,
  2. man-of-war fish,
  3. man-sized,
  4. man-tailored,
  5. man-to-man,
  6. man-trap,
  7. man-year,
  8. man.,
  9. man. pr.,
  10. mana

Compare zone defense.

Origin of man-to-man defense

First recorded in 1955–60

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019