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slam dunk

noun, Basketball.
a particularly forceful, often dramatic dunk shot.
Origin of slam dunk
Related forms
slam dunker, noun


[slam-duhngk] /ˈslæmˌdʌŋk/
verb (used with object)
Basketball. to dunk (the ball) with great force. Unabridged
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  • But even more important than the hominid bones was the slam dunk evidence for the ecological context the creature had inhabited.
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  • It's the same elation that follows a game-winning goal or a buzzer-beating slam dunk.
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  • Of course, engineering judgment needs to be applied, it's not a slam dunk.
British Dictionary definitions for slam dunk

slam dunk

(basketball) a scoring shot in which a player jumps up and forces the ball down through the basket
(informal) a task so easy that success in it is deemed a certainty
(basketball) to jump up and force (a ball) through a basket
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Slang definitions & phrases for slam dunk



Raucous, violent, vigorous, etc: in climaxes as slam-bang as a four-horse stretch drive/ a couple of slam-bang musical numbers (1823+)


Violently: They went at it slam-bang (1840+)


A wild and vicious fight (1920s+ Prizefighting)

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Idioms and Phrases with slam dunk

slam dunk

A forceful, dramatic move, as in That indictment was a slam dunk if ever there was one. This expression is also often put as a verb, slam-dunk, meaning “make a forceful move against someone,” as in This is a great chance for us to slam-dunk the opposition. The idiom comes from basketball, where it refers to a dramatic shot in which the ball is thrust into the basket from above the rim. It was transferred to other activities from about 1980 on.
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