Definition of 'on the defensive'
Example sentences containing '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) Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2011) Times, Sunday Times (2008)
The criticism has put the US on the defensive over its human rights record.Times, Sunday Times (2006) Christianity Today (2000)
Sky's rivals were unwilling or unable to put them on the defensive, such was their strength in depth.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Definition of on the defensive from the Collins English Dictionary