Definition of 'on the defensive'
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This is a subject that tends to put ministers on the defensive. Times, Sunday Times (2012)That puts pressure on the defensive side of things. The Sun (2011)Does he act differently around her or make comments towards you that would put her on the defensive? The Sun (2014)This has put centre-left parties on the defensive. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They need to put Labour on the defensive. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He may well have thought that he would put Britain on the defensive. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Telling your boss that he owes you a raise because you're underpaid will put him on the defensive. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I work hard to surface variant views, without putting anyone on the defensive. Christianity Today (2000)
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