Definition of slam dunk in English:

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slam dunk

Pronunciation: /ˈslam ˌdənk/


1A shot in which a player thrusts the ball forcefully down through the basket.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • You can have mad skill, killer hops and handle, or the monster slam dunk.
1.1 [usually as modifier] North American informal Something reliable or unfailing; a foregone conclusion or certainty: a movie predicted to be the season’s one slam-dunk hit
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  • 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.
  • A Pittsburgh native, Neish welcomed the slam-dunk introduction to Philly's dance culture.


(slam-dunk) [with object]
1Thrust (the ball) forcefully down through the basket.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Jim watches as she slam-dunks the fifth bag of tea into the pot.
1.1North American informal Defeat or dismiss decisively: they continue to slam-dunk every proposal we make
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  • ‘I don't think you can ideologically slam-dunk Social Security in the Congress,’ said Panetta.
  • In CA's case, voters will likely slam-dunk an Initiative directing $3 BILLION of State moolah to such research.
  • Bolt and Devine avoid it completely by slam-dunking anyone who raises such matters with accusations of bad faith.

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Syllabification: slam dunk

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