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[slam-er] /ˈslæm ər/
a person or thing that slams.
Usually, the slammer. Also called the slam. Slang. a prison.
Origin of slammer
1955-60; slam1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for slammer
  • The prison system, and the society as a whole, couldn't sustain every apprehended joint smoker doing a dime in the slammer.
  • If you get caught with it, you could end up in the slammer for a long time if you try to bring it in undeclared.
  • Who ever goes against the grain, is sure to find themselves in the slammer.
  • It is easy to put in a slammer and don't give any specifics.
  • On a handful of occasions, a first-termer was dragged off to the slammer or impeached.
  • Imagine two prisoners facing life in the slammer for a crime they committed together.
  • And no-nonsense signs throughout warn that reckless driving can get you up to eight years in the slammer.
  • They are also the same people who put him in the slammer, and even though he accepts the task, he secretly plots his revenge.
  • Jimmie refuses to take a plea and he is sentenced to six years in the slammer.
  • You're in the best position if you haven't yet paid the slammer.
British Dictionary definitions for slammer


(slang) the slammer, prison
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slammer

"jail, prison," 1952, perhaps from earlier U.S. slang sense of "door" (by 1943), agent noun from slam (v.). As "one who slams," from 1892.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slammer



A sort of notebook or autograph book into which one's friends would write genial insults (1922+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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