double-team

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to double-team (third-person singular simple present double-teams, present participle double-teaming, simple past and past participle double-teamed)

  1. (transitive, sports) In sports involving offensive and defensive teams, to use two defensive players to guard against the movements of a single offensive player.
    • 1949, "Stop St. Louis!," Time, 24 Jan.:
      On any given night, Pivotman Macauley was good for at least 18 points a game. But because L.I.U. double-teamed him (he had two men guarding him), he didn't bother to shoot much.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To deal with or handle a task or individual person by using a team of two people.

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