full-court press

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full-court press (plural full-court presses)

  1. (basketball) A coordinated maneuver, involving all team members, to block or interfere with the opposing team's attempt to advance the ball down the playing court, so as to force a turnover or backcourt violation.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) A thorough, collaborative effort to overcome or constrain another person or group, especially a rival or opponent.
    • 2007, Jay Newton-Small, "Can Bush Save the Surge?," Time, 10 Jul.,
      The White House has been engaged in a full court press to prevent other Republican senators from voting for any one of these amendments.

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