The full court press is a defensive basketball tactic. Three out of the five defenders will go back to defend the basket, while the two guards swarm the ball handler to prevent him/her from advancing the ball or passing the ball. This is an aggressive tactic and is usually applied only at the end of a game when the defending team dearly wants a turnover. However, there are a few college basketball teams, as well as high school teams, who employ the full court press more regularly. Their players have to be in pretty good shape!

In everyday usage the phrase full court press means "your unrelenting best." Your father might tell you to "give it the full court press" as you study for final exams. Or your date might tell you after you bring flowers/candy for the sixth time, "You can stop giving me the full court press. I like you already."