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man-to-man defense

noun Sports.
  1. 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.
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Compare zone defense.

Origin of man-to-man defense

First recorded in 1955–60
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