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


  • 1[with object] Thrust (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.’
    • ‘Jim watches as she slam-dunks the fifth bag of tea into the pot.’
    • ‘Thanks to advertising, by the mid- 90s Jordan earned more as a living logo than he did slam-dunking.’
    • ‘It shows Michael with a soccer ball in his right hand, almost like he's read to slam-dunk it.’
    • ‘As you all watch Michael Jordan slam-dunk, Pam scribbles in her diary.’
    • ‘Without even breaking a sweat, she slam-dunked the ball.’
    1. 1.1North American informal Defeat or dismiss decisively.
      ‘they continue to slam-dunk every proposal we make’
      • ‘‘I don't think you can ideologically slam-dunk Social Security in the Congress,’ said Panetta.’
      • ‘Bolt and Devine avoid it completely by slam-dunking anyone who raises such matters with accusations of bad faith.’
      • ‘In fact, Williams has a professional history of slam-dunking the competition.’
      • ‘In CA's case, voters will likely slam-dunk an Initiative directing $3 BILLION of State moolah to such research.’
      • ‘He ended up getting punched in the jaw and slam-dunked with a twelve pound turkey.’


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