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slamming

[slam-ing] /ˈslæm ɪŋ/
noun, Informal.
1.
the switching of a customer's long-distance telephone company or other public utility without his or her authorization.
Origin
1990-95; slam1 + -ing1

slam1

[slam] /slæm/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), slammed, slamming.
1.
to shut with force and noise:
to slam the door.
2.
to dash, strike, knock, thrust, throw, slap down, etc., with violent and noisy impact:
He slammed his books upon the table.
3.
Informal. to criticize harshly; attack verbally:
He slammed my taste mercilessly.
noun
4.
a violent and noisy closing, dashing, or impact.
5.
the noise so made.
6.
Usually, the slam. Slang. slammer (def 2).
7.
Informal. a harsh criticism; verbal attack:
I am sick of your slams.
8.
Also called poetry slam. Informal. a competitive, usually boisterous poetry reading.
Origin
1650-60; perh < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish slamra to slam
Related forms
unslammed, adjective
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Examples from the web for slamming
  • But supervisors are stopping short of slamming on the brakes.
  • In any case, teething troubles with a few new members should not become an excuse for slamming the door on others.
  • Fuel-laden aircraft slamming into buildings was bad enough.
  • While you are slamming on side for slamming, don't slam one who has a different perspective than you.
  • And light-colored curtains can keep birds from slamming into dark buildings.
  • They're testing brake systems to stop the hunk of steel before it comes slamming back down.
  • It was nothing but sixty minutes of slamming mankind for its mere existence.
  • Shoving a winged beastie into an iron maiden and slamming it shut won't get old anytime soon.
  • She went ballistic, slamming her fist on a conference table and cursing out the agents and her lawyer.
  • The words don't quite convey the sound of a door slamming.
British Dictionary definitions for slamming

slam1

/slæm/
verb slams, slamming, slammed
1.
to cause (a door or window) to close noisily and with force or (of a door, etc) to close in this way
2.
(transitive) to throw (something) down noisily and violently
3.
(transitive) (slang) to criticize harshly
4.
(intransitive; usually foll by into or out of) (informal) to go (into or out of a room, etc) in violent haste or anger
5.
(transitive) to strike with violent force
6.
(transitive) (informal) to defeat easily
noun
7.
the act or noise of slamming
8.
(slang) harsh criticism or abuse
Word Origin
C17: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse slamra, Norwegian slemma, Swedish dialect slämma

slam2

/slæm/
noun
1.
  1. the winning of all (grand slam) or all but one (little slam or small slam) of the 13 tricks at bridge or whist
  2. the bid to do so in bridge See grand slam, little slam
2.
an old card game
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin

slam3

/slæm/
noun
1.
a poetry contest in which entrants compete with each other by reciting their work and are awarded points by the audience
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for slamming

slam

n.

1670s, "a severe blow," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian slamre, Swedish slemma "to slam, bang") of imitative origin. Meaning "a violent closing of a door" is from 1817. Meaning "an insult, put-down" is from 1884. Slam-bang recorded by 1806 (also slap-bang, 1785). Slam-dunk is from 1976; early use often in reference to Julius Erving. Slam-dance is attested by 1987 (slam by itself in this sense is recorded from 1983).

"a winning of all tricks in a card game," 1660s, earlier the name of a card game (also called ruff), 1620s, used especially in whist, of obscure origin. Grand slam in bridge first recorded 1892; earlier in related card games from 1814; figurative sense of "complete success" is attested from 1920; in baseball sense from 1935.

v.

1690s, "to beat, slap;" 1775 as "to shut with force," from slam (n.1). Meaning "throw or push with force" is from 1870. Meaning "say uncomplimentary things about" is from 1916. Related: Slammed; slamming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slamming

slamming

noun

: Federal regulators plan to adopt tougher rules against switching customers' long-distance companies without their knowledge, a practice known as ''slamming'' (1990s+)


slam

noun

An uncomplimentary comment; a jibe; knock: took a slam at the male stars who dress like ''ranch hands'' (1884+)

verb
  1. : Thrifty Slams Riordan on Its Way Out of Town (1916+)
  2. To hit; clobber (1905+)
  3. To do the sex act with; boff, screw: Did you slam her, Jon? (1980s+ Students)
  4. (also slam-dance) To do a physically colliding and athletic sort of rock-and-roll dancing, esp in the vein of punk rock: The music is hardcore, the dance is slamming (1980s+)
  5. To consume or use: He slammed two beers and then went out on his date/ Did they ever slam heroin? (1980s+ Students)
Related Terms

grand slam


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