tag team

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tag team (plural tag teams)

  1. (professional wrestling) A group of wrestlers who work together as a team. Only one is in the ring at any given time, and they change places by "tagging" each other with a gesture like a high five.
  2. (by extension) Two or more people acting alternately to accomplish some task.
    • 2004, Glenda Beamon Crawford, Managing the Adolescent Classroom: Lessons From Outstanding Teachers, →ISBN:
      According to Ms. Haney, “Heather and I work best as a tag team. We are aware of our confrontational weaknesses and limits, and use each other to fill in the needed strengths."
    • 2007, Jason Ryan Dorsey, My Reality Check Bounced!, →ISBN:
      Whether your vision for the future is starting a rock band, opening an art gallery, designing a new videogame, or losing forty pounds and keeping it off, your tag team will make reaching that vision easier and more likely.
  3. (slang, vulgar) Two or more same-sex participants having sex with a single member of the opposite sex.
    • 1993, Imre Salusinszky, Gerald Murnane, →ISBN, page 26:
      Adrian's own auto-erotic fantasies take him, for several nights of each week, to an imaginary America — a now fully eroticised version of the same space in Tamarisk Row —where he copulates frenziedly with tag-teams of female film-stars.
    • 2000, Kim Howard, Annie Stevens, Out and about Campus, →ISBN, page 136:
      Men on campus began to view my sexuality as some sort of kinky sex game in which they either wanted to be the referee or a tag-team partner.
    • 2001, Jefferson Hane Weaver, What are the Odds?: The Chances of Extraordinary Events in Everyday Life:
      He merely wants to obtain some quantitative information about the rate at which married couples have sexual intercourse and he is not interested in passing judgment or evaluating their techniques or even serving as a tag-team member in any unique marital games.
  4. (slang, vulgar, chiefly attributive) A gangbang.
    • 1989, Ronald Kessler, Moscow Station: How the KGB Penetrated the American Embassy:
      After downing a few drinks, the two Marines had vaginal and anal intercourse with her simultaneously, then took turns with her as the other watched. They referred to the former practice as "scrogging"; they called the later activity "tag team".
    • 1991, Havelock Nelson, Bring the Noise: A Guide to Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture, page 281:
      J/I'm the rapper Ecs/We're known for playing tag-team sex," they declare. For guys who dedicate their albums to their wives and first loves, this is a surprising revelation.
    • 2007, Arthur M. Shapiro, Timothy D. Manolis, Field guide to butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions:
      A male that sees another male ahead of him going up the hill speeds up to overtake him, "just in case" a female actually is there. Hence the apparent tag teams! Many insects, including both diurnal and nocturnal moths, use airborne sex-attractant chemicals (pheromones) to facilitate mate location.
    • 2008, Mike Maddox, The Worm That Wasn't:
      Properly rude sexual experimentation. Tag-team intercourse, no holds barred physical gratification with no thought to the consequences."

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

  1. Alternative form of tag-team
    • 1986, Dave Meltzer, The Wrestling Observer's Who's who in Pro Wrestling, page 59:
      He and Scott tag teamed as "The Long Riders".
    • 2008, Ron "Kwiet Storm" Smith, Loving Deeds for the Children: A Man Called Hawk, →ISBN, page 23:
      Hawkinson and Minnis tag teamed as they discussed the differences between males and men.
    • 2011, Bob Adams, My Life in a Blog: Real Thoughts from a Real Pastor in the Real World, →ISBN, page 63:
      I am pretty excited about this; I have tag teamed a message with my brother, my wife, and my good friend Mike Barden in the past and I really enjoyed it.
    • 2013, Gil L. Robertson, Where Did Our Love Go, page 233:
      Without hesitation, they tag teamed to let her know she was okay; it wasn't the end of the world; and most importantly, there was more fun in store for her.
    • 2014, Ellyssa Muniz, Hope Striders: A New Beginnings End, →ISBN, page 289:
      Alison and Jonah tag teamed knowing their strengths.
    • 2015, Harris M. Lentz III, Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling, 2d ed., →ISBN, page 362:
      She tag teamed with the Lock for awhile before managing Rock and Blade, the Star Riders, in Florida.