Definition of alley-oop in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌalē ˈo͞op/


Used to encourage or draw attention to the performance of some physical, especially acrobatic, feat.


(also alley-oop pass) Basketball
A high pass caught by a leaping teammate who tries to dunk the ball before landing.
Example sentences
  • Team USA threw a couple of balls away with ill-conceived alley-oops, missed a few wide-open jumpers and blew a couple of defensive assignments.
  • Her new abilities allow her to play basketball like nobody's business, complete with slam dunks and alley-oops off concrete urban walls.
  • Sadly, the only time I really enjoyed the game experience was when I teamed up with my son to see how many sweet dunks and alley-oops we could pull off.


Early 20th century: perhaps from French allez! 'go on!' (expressing encouragement) + a supposedly French pronunciation of up.

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Syllabification: al·ley-oop

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