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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
1650-1660
1650-60; perh < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish slamra to slam
Related forms
unslammed, adjective

slammer

[slam-er] /ˈslæm ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that slams.
2.
Usually, the slammer. Also called the slam. Slang. a prison.
Origin
1955-60; slam1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for the-slam

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

slammer

/ˈslæmə/
noun
1.
(slang) the slammer, prison
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Word Origin and History for the-slam

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.

slammer

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for the-slam

slackmaster

noun

Someone who is an expert at slacking off: don't want to be called a slackmaster


slam-book

noun

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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