Definition of slam dunk in English:

slam dunk


  • 1A shot in which a player thrusts the ball down through the basket.

    ‘they won on a slam dunk with two seconds remaining’
    as modifier ‘a slam-dunk competition’
    • ‘Yesterday the NBA announced the four contestants in the annual slam dunk contest.’
    • ‘‘Since this morning after breakfast,’ said Pyron, he then did a slam dunk.’
    • ‘You can have mad skill, killer hops and handle, or the monster slam dunk.’
    • ‘Erving was introduced as ‘the man who's turned the slam dunk into an art and thrilled ABA fans with moves beyond recognition.’’
    • ‘Once upon a time, players entered the slam dunk contest because it gave them a shot at endorsements and a nice extra paycheck.’
    1. 1.1North American informal usually as modifier Something reliable or unfailing; a foregone conclusion or certainty.
      ‘the film season's one slam-dunk hit’
      • ‘A Pittsburgh native, Neish welcomed the slam-dunk introduction to Philly's dance culture.’
      • ‘At first, it was thought his deregulation agenda was a slam dunk.’
      • ‘Later, as we chatted in his ninth-floor office, he explained: ‘It's not a slam dunk.’’
      • ‘Good heavens, I mean this should be a slam-dunk.’
      • ‘With all three plays showing together, it's a slam dunk.’
      • ‘Still, product placement is not necessarily a slam dunk.’
      • ‘It sounds silly now, but Palmer wasn't a slam dunk at the time.’
      • ‘As Wattles says: ‘Falsely attributing criminal conduct to someone is a slam-dunk libel in just about every state.’’
      • ‘Thermaltake scored a slam dunk with this cooler, no doubt about it.’
      • ‘It's a slam-dunk violation of the 1st Amendment and freedom of the press.’
      • ‘I had chosen a slam dunk in Indian Food in Seattle: India Bistro.’
      • ‘This one should be a slam dunk for the Democrats.’
      • ‘When they started to play, they were a slam-dunk hit.’
      • ‘But a malpractice suit, given all the complexities, wouldn't be a slam dunk.’
      • ‘Talented people don't want an easy slam dunk; they want a challenge.’
      • ‘So, the choice should be a slam dunk here, right?’
      • ‘The group lobbied the City Council, and it was a slam dunk.’
      • ‘Shoba's walk-through feels like a crushing defeat, but A.G.'s is a slam dunk.’
      • ‘Plugging Dana into that tactic, Yost argues, is a slam dunk.’
      • ‘‘From the cost perspective it was a slam dunk,’ the facility executive said.’


[with object]Basketball
  • 1Thrust (the ball) down through the basket.

    ‘I do know that when they slam-dunk the ball we celebrate’
    no object ‘he could slam-dunk like a bandit!’
    • ‘Then, bad boy Ghidrah suddenly reaches out and slam-dunks him.’
    • ‘Thanks to advertising, by the mid- 90s Jordan earned more as a living logo than he did slam-dunking.’
    • ‘As you all watch Michael Jordan slam-dunk, Pam scribbles in her diary.’
    • ‘Jim watches as she slam-dunks the fifth bag of tea into the pot.’
    • ‘Without even breaking a sweat, she slam-dunked the ball.’
    • ‘It shows Michael with a soccer ball in his right hand, almost like he's read to slam-dunk it.’
    1. 1.1North American informal Defeat or dismiss decisively.
      ‘they continue to slam-dunk every proposal we make’
      • ‘In fact, Williams has a professional history of slam-dunking the competition.’
      • ‘Bolt and Devine avoid it completely by slam-dunking anyone who raises such matters with accusations of bad faith.’
      • ‘He ended up getting punched in the jaw and slam-dunked with a twelve pound turkey.’
      • ‘In CA's case, voters will likely slam-dunk an Initiative directing $3 BILLION of State moolah to such research.’
      • ‘‘I don't think you can ideologically slam-dunk Social Security in the Congress,’ said Panetta.’
      dismiss, reject, brush aside, play down, spurn, rebuff, repudiate, disregard, discount, wave aside, make light of, make little of, belittle, treat with contempt, ridicule, deride, mock, hold up to scorn, scoff at, sneer at
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