Hermes Clan Plays Defense

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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PARIS–“The family behind French fashion house Hermes International is considering funneling its shares into an unlisted holding company, said a key family member, as a way to defend Hermes from its big, new and unwanted shareholder, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA.”

Defense, plays defense, is used in all sports and games, as well as in military operations.  Offense is the opposite.  Here, however, The Wall Street Journal article uses defense as a sports/games idiom.  In American football, a traditional autumn game, the defense tries to prevent the offense from moving down the field to score.

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