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on the de·fen·sive

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  1. on the defensiveadjective

    Antonyms:
    on the attack

  2. on the defensiveadjective

    Antonyms:
    on the attack

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  1. James Hart:

    She turned over one morning and said, ‘I think you might be gay,’ and I was very defensive and in denial in some deep way. But then we began to explore together and see what we could find out together and see if we could have a marriage that could last through that news. We tried very hard, more credit to her than me because she wasn’t frightened like I was. She wasn’t afraid of it… One of the wonders of Carly is her insistence on truth in a rather vigorous way.

  2. Thomas Wilson:

    The market has been rallying on the expectation of good earnings with some companies even providing decent forecasts, what we've seen is a market rally that has been led by defensive sectors such as telecom, but now we're seeing the market move up on cyclical sectors like technology.

  3. Bob Smith:

    The underlying fundamentals are horrible, why would I want to give up on a defensive position now?

  4. Olivia Nelson-Ododa:

    I think that's something Aaliyah and I have struggled with in this tournament, we're aggressive on the defensive end, but just knowing when to be smart about it is going to be key.

  5. Minnesota Twins:

    The system right now makes a lot more sense than potentially bringing up 40 men, making 10 pitching moves a game, having three pinch-runners and two defensive replacements every game, it was a little circus-y at times the way games would be played in September and it doesn’t even resemble the game we play all year long and now it will. I think that’s a good thing.

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