Definition of slam in English:

slam

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Shut (a door, window, or lid) forcefully and loudly.

    ‘he slams the door behind him as he leaves’
    • ‘He then sat in the driver's seat and slammed his door shut behind him.’
    • ‘Cursing again, I slammed the water shut and stepped outside.’
    • ‘He pulled me into his bedroom, slamming the door shut behind the two of us.’
    • ‘My mother slammed her locker very hard and walked out of the locker room.’
    • ‘I slam the door shut behind me, storming down the stairwell in tears.’
    • ‘I slammed the door shut behind me, locked it and leaned against it just in case.’
    • ‘The minute she slammed the door shut behind her, he came bolting out, diving by her side.’
    • ‘As she slammed the door shut behind her, she looked around the street.’
    • ‘Nile darted into the bathroom and slammed the door shut behind her.’
    • ‘She stomped away into her room, slamming the door loudly behind her.’
    • ‘The ringing of the tardy bell broke the strain and she quickly slammed her locker shut.’
    • ‘I glared at him not bothering to dignify that with a response, I walked out into the street slamming the door shut behind me.’
    • ‘The plane's propeller began to whirl loudly, and Cory slammed the door shut.’
    • ‘He slammed the door shut behind him and collapsed against it, closing his eyes and gulping air in an effort to quell his anger.’
    • ‘I slammed the limo door shut and sped of into the sunset.’
    • ‘Kenny got up and stormed out of the hall, slamming the door loudly behind him.’
    • ‘When I finally did open it, I bolted inside and slammed the door shut behind myself.’
    • ‘In a rush of movement she threw her pack of cigarettes as far as she could and went inside, slamming the window shut behind her.’
    • ‘Running to her dorm she slams the door shut behind her.’
    • ‘Monsieur Mulot came into the room, slamming the door loudly behind him.’
    bang, close with a bang, shut with a bang, close noisily, shut noisily, close with a crash, shut with a crash, close with force, shut with force, fling shut
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    1. 1.1no object Be closed forcefully and loudly.
      ‘she heard a car door slam’
      • ‘The door slammed and the car screeched off at high speed.’
      • ‘Gabrielle sat up at the sound of the car door being slammed.’
      • ‘I leapt to my feet but the cell door slammed back in my face.’
      • ‘He flung the door open so forcefully it slammed against the bedroom wall.’
      • ‘A third man attacked Leigh, but the car door slammed and Rob pushed the man off Leigh.’
      • ‘Then the door slammed and the car sped away into the distance.’
      • ‘He moved to go after him when the door suddenly slammed shut.’
      • ‘A car door opened and slammed again and a tall figure rushed towards her.’
      • ‘As Tristan packs up his briefcase and prepares to leave the empty club for the night, he's surprised to hear the sound of a car door slamming outside.’
      • ‘Darien sat up just as the door to his office slammed loudly.’
      • ‘The door is also slammed in her face and is only opened after repeated requests.’
      • ‘I cursed quietly as the cupboard slammed loudly back into place.’
      • ‘The last thing I heard was a door slamming and Trent cursing loudly.’
      • ‘She heard yelling and a car door slamming and screeching off.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the bell rang and tons of students piled into the halls with lockers opening and slamming loudly.’
      • ‘The silence was broken by a car door slamming, followed by the sound of feet running towards my awkward resting place.’
      • ‘Car doors slammed, and after a few minutes Zak came around the corner.’
      • ‘A car door slammed in the parking lot behind her, but Cameron didn't turn around.’
      • ‘After about 20 minutes of driving, the car stopped and she heard doors slamming.’
      • ‘He heard the loud doors to the outside fields open and slam loudly.’
    2. 1.2with object and adverbial Push or put something somewhere with great force.
      ‘Charlie slammed down the phone’
      • ‘The force from the blast slammed her into the far side of the narrow aisle.’
      • ‘I want to grab the bad guy by the cuffs and slam him face-first onto the hood of my car.’
      • ‘Dracainya was hit by an invisible force that slammed her into the wall behind her, cracking the stone.’
      • ‘She pushed Shawna out and slammed her hand on the button for the wall, which soon crashed down behind them.’
      • ‘He then slammed his fist into Taico's face and knocked him backwards.’
      • ‘With the safety off I repeatedly slammed the butt hard on a concrete floor.’
      • ‘Light suddenly beamed out as a door slammed against a wall from below her.’
      • ‘She placed her forehead against the wall, slamming her head harder than she had anticipated and began to sway.’
      • ‘My body was slammed violently onto the cement floor, forcing the air from my lungs.’
      • ‘The force of the spell slammed her against the back wall.’
      • ‘The force from the explosion slammed Christin against the opposite wall hard.’
      • ‘A great wind slams the two Schlechters against the wall.’
      • ‘Plasma then proceeded to slam Vegito down with a force strong enough to break rocks.’
      • ‘The beam hit the front end of the truck with the force of a megaton bomb, slamming Jen against the back of the driver seat.’
      • ‘A foot suddenly slammed into her stomach causing Angel to double over.’
      • ‘The thug who Caleb landed on walked up to him and slammed his fist full force into Caleb's stomach.’
      • ‘Rudolf slammed his palm hard onto his desk.’
      • ‘I forced my way to the bridge and slammed myself down in my chair, booting the start up sequence and the door close alarm.’
      • ‘The loud noise of a door slamming against the wall woke Allison up.’
      • ‘He pushed back slamming her into the wall she was chained to.’
    3. 1.3slam intono object Crash into; collide heavily with.
      ‘the car mounted the pavement, slamming into a lamp post’
      • ‘The small red bolts slammed into the alien ships shields.’
      • ‘Witnesses spoke of hearing a distinctive crash as the train slammed into the car.’
      • ‘I heard a loud thump as she slammed right into it at full speed.’
      • ‘Grunting, he toppled over, slamming into the Skipper and driving him against the bottom of the boat.’
      • ‘The missiles slammed into the starboard side of the engineering section.’
      • ‘Two more chaos bolts slam into the lowering steel shield.’
      • ‘Myrh smirked, but it quickly vanished as pain suddenly slammed into her body.’
      • ‘Karen slams into Beltraw knocking him off-balance.’
      • ‘Fenris slammed head first into a tree, and all present heard the crunching sound.’
      • ‘He slammed head-first into the killer, sending the man crashing to the floor.’
      crash into, smash into, smack into, collide with, be in collision with, hit, strike, ram, plough into, meet head-on, run into, bump into, crack against, crack into
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    4. 1.4informal with object and adverbial of direction Hit (something) with great force in a particular direction.
      ‘he slammed a shot into the net’
      • ‘Fortunately for a red-faced Basham, former Shelbourne striker Foran slammed his shot straight at the legs of Alan Fettis.’
      • ‘On May 30, 1956, he slammed a pitch that struck the facade overhanging the right field seats.’
      • ‘Williams saved the captain's first effort but Bentley was the quickest to react to slam the rebound into the net.’
      • ‘I slammed the rod back, and met with a force that just turned the rod over, and then over and over.’
      • ‘Andrew Dawson hit the pass of the match with a ball that curled behind the Marske defence but Alcide could only slam his shot straight at Mohan.’
      • ‘His first touch was as assured as it needed to be, the final shot even more assured, slamming the ball into a small gap at Miller's near post.’
      • ‘The ball bounced back off the crossbar for Carlton to slam home the rebound.’
      • ‘Cole gets forward supporting his breaking attackers and slams a shot against the bar.’
      • ‘Still, Jack was faster, gun in hand even as she shielded Motoko and took a shot, slamming the flier out the window again with a bullet.’
      • ‘We were intensely hitting the ball back and forth to each other until she did hit that loopy shot, and I slammed it back at her.’
      • ‘Their third came when the ball was dropped at the feet of the opposing striker, who gleefully slammed the ball home.’
    5. 1.5 Put (something) into action suddenly or forcefully.
      ‘I slammed on the brakes’
      • ‘Then his mouth slammed down on the smile as his right foot slammed down on the brakes.’
      • ‘Swerving slightly, he immediately slammed on the breaks, the inertia causing me to jackknife forward in my seat.’
      • ‘Lucian slammed on the brake pedal, crashing Rye into the glove compartment.’
      • ‘Suddenly, he slams the car into reverse on the muddy road, almost sliding into a ditch.’
      • ‘Starting the car, he slammed down on the gas, the tires squealing as he pulled out of the parking lot.’
      • ‘He screamed at the car, still slamming the brakes, but nothing was happening.’
      • ‘I quickly slammed on the gas pedal and sped off.’
      • ‘He slammed on the accelerator and went way past the speed limit.’
      • ‘As if the lights were reading his mind the car slammed on breaks at the next intersection.’
      • ‘He put the car into gear and slammed down on the accelerator, spinning his tires in the soaked gravel.’
      • ‘They have to slam on the breaks to avoid going through the garage door.’
      • ‘After school Lilith and Allie were walking home together when a car came around the corner and slammed on the breaks.’
      • ‘Both Cooper and I flew forward in our seats as the cart slammed to an abrupt halt.’
      • ‘Vincent slammed on the gas and drove around to get onto the street.’
      • ‘Near the end of the next block, the SUV slammed to a halt.’
      • ‘Angus was thrown forward as the car slammed to a halt.’
      • ‘She hurriedly got in her car, slammed on the gas and speed away.’
    6. 1.6no object, with adverbial of direction Move violently or loudly.
      ‘he slammed out of the room’
      • ‘Aaron tried to take a step, but faltered and slammed back against the wall.’
      • ‘His fist slammed down onto the cold floor next to him.’
      • ‘His upper body slammed into the damp ground, snapping his head around painfully.’
      • ‘Suddenly, her heel caught in a pothole and her body slammed to the ground.’
    7. 1.7North American informal Score points against or gain a victory over (someone) easily.
      ‘the Blue Devils slammed Kansas to win the title’
    8. 1.8
      short for slam-dance
      • ‘The dance slam offered a stage and an audience to any solo or group dance up to five minutes in length.’
  • 2informal Criticize severely.

    ‘the new TV soap was slammed as being cynical and irresponsible’
    • ‘The report also slams the U.S. for its poor record on legal migration.’
    • ‘His critics have slammed him for exaggerating racial and political issues confronting the city.’
    • ‘Ofcom has been slammed for failing to force mobile phone operators to cut the cost of making calls.’
    • ‘Critics slammed the price of the hardware and the cost of sending and receiving emails.’
    • ‘It was initially slammed by critics, but the play really took off during the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘Of course, the animal activists heard about it and slammed him.’
    • ‘McMillan slams the club for ‘forcing’ him out and treating him like an ‘outcast’.’
    • ‘I also loved the way he handled critics who had slammed the show.’
    • ‘The cancellation of a major display showcasing the three armed forces has been slammed by a Wiltshire MP.’
    • ‘The critics have slammed the film remorselessly.’
    • ‘Now Hogan knows best again, but this time, he's not slamming anybody.’
    • ‘My first book, Premier Roman, was published when I was 23 and slammed by the critics.’
    • ‘Critics aren't inclined to slam these culturally unique cinematic efforts.’
    • ‘Critics have slammed the BBC for even considering the idea of running adverts on its Web site.’
    • ‘Critics slammed the way games were loaded into the phone and said the screen was too small.’
  • 3usually as noun slamming(of a telephone company) take over the account of (a telephone customer) without their permission.

    • ‘ComReg also proposes an end to slamming where a customer has been signed over to a new supplier without consent.’
    • ‘This proceeding represents the first joint federal/state effort against a company engaged in slamming.’

noun

  • 1A loud bang caused by the forceful shutting of something such as a door.

    ‘the door closed with a slam’
    • ‘She pleads and I climb out of the car, closing the door with a loud slam.’
    • ‘There was a really loud, nasty door slam and I winced at the sound.’
    • ‘Suddenly a loud slam of the barn door closing broke the silence and caused Matt to jump and let go of his knees.’
    • ‘The door shut with an echoing slam, so loud in the unusual silence.’
    • ‘Then, the spell was broken by a loud slam of the front door behind them.’
    • ‘It was at that precise moment that Madison casually strolled in, pulling the heavy barn door shut with a loud slam.’
    • ‘Vincent stepped into the room coolly and kicked the door shut with a slam.’
    • ‘The loud slam of a locker door startled her out of her personal reverie.’
    • ‘Bengt heard a loud crack, a slam and the sound of many feet and a struggle.’
    • ‘A loud slam of the kitchen door greeted their ears a few moments later.’
    • ‘He had been at his ‘work’ for a while when he heard the slam of the metal front gates and the crunch of driveway gravel.’
    • ‘He heard the slam of a drawer, and knew the kid had looked at the gun, and he knew the kid wouldn't move it; he wouldn't touch it.’
    • ‘Chase and Jeff closed their mouths as the slam of a laptop was heard.’
    • ‘Suddenly a white light came from behind her and moved in front of her to close the door in a loud slam.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a loud slam of the door made both of them sit up, startled.’
    • ‘With a loud slam, the door was tightly shut, and darkness once again returned to the room.’
    • ‘I was debating whether or not to take a closer look when I heard the slam of a phone, and I jumped in surprise.’
  • 2usually the slamNorth American informal Prison.

    ‘if he challenged the judge, he was definitely going to the slam’
    • ‘Another postseason with no title, and now Rafael Furcal is in the slam.’
    • ‘It could be fear, fear of the slam, and then that dictates to them what they should do.’
  • 3US A poetry contest in which competitors recite their entries and are judged by members of the audience, the winner being elected after several elimination rounds.

    ‘a poetry slam’
    ‘slams will be spreading out to suburban poetry clubs’
    • ‘The exciting, underground art form of slam, merging hip-hop, poetry and stand-up is growing in popularity across the UK.’
    • ‘Performing is fun, but personally, I don't really care about the competition aspect of slam poetry.’
    • ‘The best of Vancouver's slam poets competed against one another for the honour of being Slam Champion.’
    • ‘The political side of slam is the focus for ongoing discussion and debate.’
    • ‘It exposed me to more people doing poetry, spoken word and slams across the country.’
    • ‘Patricia Smith went on to win the first national slam championship in San Francisco in 1990.’
    • ‘There's also a slam poetry event on the 14th where the winner gets 50 bucks and a slot in that night's gala.’
    • ‘Does anyone recite poetry anymore, except at public readings and slams?’
    • ‘In slam poetry speed is valued over slowness, as humor and attack are valued over emotion and thought.’
    • ‘When Toronto poetry heads talk slam, Dwayne Morgan's name is bound to come up.’
    • ‘Occasionally there would be slam poetry nights and local bands would play on weekends.’
    • ‘Much like the poetry one hears at slams, the quality and content of the discussion was both passionate and diverse.’
    • ‘The notion of a slam is to return poetry to the people by transforming it into an interactive art form.’
    • ‘His prose can be scanned like poetry or, better, performed as a song or slam before a microphone.’
    • ‘Poetry slams consist of live performance-sometimes from a text, more often from memory.’
    • ‘To top that off, I have lots of fancy words I got from my slam poetry friends to use on you.’
    • ‘Even the slam poetry community on which the documentary is based rose up to lend a hand to SlamChannel.’
  • 4Bridge
    A grand slam (all thirteen tricks) or small slam (twelve tricks), for which bonus points are scored if bid and made.

    • ‘The special combinations that beat twos are called slams.’
    • ‘In the very first board of the final, she scored a ‘white slam century’ - all coins polished off in a single take.’
    1. 4.1 (especially in tennis) any of the individual championships that together comprise a Grand Slam.
      ‘a stellar 12 months saw her win two slams and two Olympic gold medals, and retain the number one ranking’
      • ‘Federer has now won three slams from three finals.’
      • ‘He'd gone nearly two and a half years without a slam title until he mastered Augusta for a second time in April.’
      • ‘Federer, by winning his second slam title at the Australian Open, cruised past the American and has stayed there since.’
      • ‘It took him the longest to win a slam event, but since he got started he has shown no sign of stopping.’
      • ‘Nadal and Federer have both been eliminated from the Australian Open, and if Murray is ever going to win a slam, the door is open to him here.’
      • ‘The Belarusian will surely win another slam this season, with her prospects of knocking Williams off one of her perches at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows looking good.’
      • ‘To win his first Slam at Wimbledon, the most prestigious one, the most traditional one, the oldest one, is something that I don't think even he could have imagined.’
      • ‘He will enter next week's Australian Open as one of the favourites, alongside holder Novak Djokovic, after winning his first Slam at last year's US Open.’

Origin

Early 17th century: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse slam(b)ra.

Pronunciation

slam

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