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defensive

1 adjective MIL protectivecosanta  c m uit was a defensive action gníomh cosanta a bhí anndefensive wall balla cosanta 2 adjective PSYCH of attitude etccosantach adj1  c m ushe had a defensive attitude bhí dearcadh cosantach aici, bhí sí ar a cosainthe became defensive about religion d'éirigh sé cosantach faoin gcreideamhto make sb defensive duine a chur ar a chosaint
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3 adjective SPORcosantach adj1  c m ucosanta  c m uthey have a very defensive style tá stíl an-chosantach acuhe's a good defensive player cosantóir maith atá anndefensive tactics teaicticí cosanta
phrases

to be on the defensive

MIL, POL, SPOR bheith ar do chosaintthe trade unions are on the defensive tá na ceardchumainn ar a gcosaint

to go on the defensive

MIL, POL, SPOR dul ar do chosaint

to put sb on the defensive

(also

to force sb onto the defensive

) MIL, POL, SPOR duine a chur ar a chosainthe was immediately put on the defensive cuireadh ar a chosaint láithreach é, b'éigean dó é féin a chosaint láithreach

to remain on the defensive

MIL, POL fanacht ar do chosaint

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