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dunk in(to) (something)

To push someone or something into a liquid. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dunk" and "into." Being nice to your little brother does not include dunking him into the pool, OK? I can't eat French fries without dunking them in ketchup first.
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dunk someone or something into something

 and dunk someone or something in
to submerge someone or something in something, fully or partially. They dunked him into the pool as a way of celebrating. Liz pulled the cup of coffee toward herself and dunked in her doughnut. She dunked herself into the cold water for just a minute.
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slam dunk

1. Lit. [in basketball] a goal scored by shooting the ball down from above the rim. He was wide open and scored on an easy slam dunk.
2. Fig. an action or accomplishment that is easily done. Finishing that project with all his experience should be a slam dunk for George.
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slam dunk

A forceful, dramatic move, as in That indictment was a slam dunk if ever there was one. This expression is also often put as a verb, slam-dunk, meaning "make a forceful move against someone," as in This is a great chance for us to slam-dunk the opposition. The idiom comes from basketball, where it refers to a dramatic shot in which the ball is thrust into the basket from above the rim. It was transferred to other activities from about 1980 on.
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be a ˈslam dunk

(American English) be something that is certain to be successful: The case looked like a slam dunk for the prosecution.
In basketball, a slam dunk is the act of jumping up and putting the ball through the net with a lot of force.
See also: dunk, slam

slam dunk

1. tv. & in. to force a basketball into the basket from above. (see also jam.) Wilbur slam dunked another one, raising the score from 108 to 110.
2. n. an act of making a basket as in sense 1 Another slam dunk and Wilbur ties the score again!
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Brown showed he's quite the dunk contest historian.
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Ask him about his dunk over Moore or any others this season and he grows sheepish, smiling and polite but self-conscious and uncomfortable about his exploits.
The dunk contest has been a hotbed from which the Trotters have found many of their past and current dunking artists.
Fauria threw the ball off the wall on the east side of the gym through the championship banners, caught the ball in mid-air and threw down a powerful dunk that stirred the crowd into a frenzy.
UCLA's Russell Westbrook dunks over Oregon's Maarty Leunen during the second half of Saturday's game at Pauley Pavilion.
The 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk participants were unveiled today at a special event at New York's Pennsylvania Station, where artist Dan Dunn brought each player's image to life in a speed painting display on giant canvases.
Blake Griffin, the soon-to-be-announced 2010-2011 Rookie of the Year, is known for his spectacular dunks, and his high-flying style of play.
The highly touted sophomore scored eight points in the first quarter, including three dunks, one over Grant Keller, the other on Brandon Simon and the last one coming on an alley-oop pass from Harden.
The fans have spoken and after a far more entertaining collection of dunks than last season, Blake Griffin finished as the 2011 Slam Dunk champion.
But it's his ability to electrify fans with his rim-rattling dunks that separates him from the typical high school player.
He'll be a fan favorite wherever he goes because of his jaw-dropping, rim-rocking dunks.
But he missed an early jumper and watched as Damien Wilkins blew past him for two dunks with little backline help.
A Dream Team of LeBron James, Steve Francis, Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury will show off their signature moves from the cross over dribble to high-flying windmill dunks in the debut of "NBA Street Series: Ankle Breakers Vol.