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be a slam dunk
To be predicted or expected to be successful; to be something that achieves success or a certain goal easily. All the best players in school are on our team—victory will be a slam dunk! I thought it would be a slam dunk to pass, but the bill didn't even make it out of committee.
be a slam-clicker
slang To reach a destination and then spend most of one's time in one's hotel room (after slamming the door and clicking the lock). Typically used of people who travel often for work. A: "Sure, I'll get dinner with you, but shouldn't we invite the other flight attendants?" B: "Sheila's a slam-clicker, so we won't see her until we all leave for our next flight. But the others might come." It's hard, but I do try to build a little sight-seeing into my work trips. I don't want to be a slam-clicker all the time.
1. In the card game bridge, the winning of all thirteen tricks on one deal of the game. I've been playing bridge for years, but I've still never been able to make a grand slam.
2. baseball A homerun that is achieved when all three bases have runners on them. It looked like the home team was in for a sure loss, but a grand slam at the last minute edged them ahead of their opponents.
3. sports The winning of all major championships or tournaments in a single year, especially in tennis or golf. The young player shocked the tennis world by winning a Grand Slam in her first year at the professional level.
4. By extension, any total, sweeping victory or success. With the Ohio votes in her favor, it looks like the new president has managed a grand slam.
pound a beer
To drink a glass, can, or bottle of beer very quickly. Usually used in plural constructions. I'd rather just hang out at home and pound some beers while I watch the game. He can pound a few beers and not feel a thing.
slam (on) the brake(s)
1. Literally, to quickly press on a vehicle's brakes to slow down or stop. He slammed on the brakes when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you slam the brake without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something that one is doing. We had to slam on the brakes when we found out investors were pulling out of the company.
slam (one's) clam on crazy
vulgar slang Of a woman, to have sex with someone, usually a man, who is deemed crazy or irrational. ("Clam" is a slang word for the vagina.) This dude is a total wack job. Why do you keep slamming your clam on crazy?
slam (someone or something)
1. To criticize every aspect of someone or something very harshly. The professor slammed my paper, calling it a total a waste of paper. The boss exploded at the meeting, slamming everyone involved with the ill-fated project.
2. To eat or, more commonly, drink something very quickly, especially in large volumes. He sat at the bar slamming beers and shots of tequila so fast that I thought we'd have to carry him home. She's a professional speed eater—she literally makes a living out of slamming hot dogs and chicken wings.
slam (someone or something) down on(to) (something)
To forcefully bring someone or something down onto a particular surface. Hey, don't slam those plates down on the table—they're Grandma's fine china! The judge slammed his gavel down onto the bench and yelled for order in the court. I slammed my little brother down onto the floor and declared myself the winner of the wrestling match.
slam a beer
To drink a glass, can, or bottle of beer very quickly. Usually used in plural constructions. I'd rather just hang out at home and slam some beers while I watch the game. He can slam a few beers and not feel a thing.
To eat or drink something very hastily or voraciously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slam" and "back." Don't just slam your food back like that—take a moment to actually enjoy what you're eating! I slammed back the burger so I could get back on the road straight away. It's no wonder you have such a bad hangover from the way you were slamming drinks back last night.
To drink a lot of beer, especially very quickly. We were slamming beer all night, and now I feel bloated and hung over. I know you were looking forward to slamming some beer with your friends, but I really need to you to stay sober tonight.
1. To eat or drink something very hastily or voraciously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slam" and "down." Don't just slam your food down like that—take a moment to actually enjoy what you're eating! I slammed down the burger so I could get back on the road straight away. It's no wonder you have such a bad hangover from the way you were slamming drinks down last night.
2. Literally, to forcefully bring someone or something down onto a particular surface. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slam" and "down." Hey, don't slam those plates down—they're Grandma's fine china! The judge slammed down his gavel and yelled for order in the court. I slammed my little brother down and declared myself the winner.
1. noun Literally, a goal scored in basketball by putting the ball straight down into the hoop with one's hand. The move isn't worth more points than a traditional basket, but it is a show of force, dominance, and skill. Because of his incredible height, Sam racked up more slam dunks than any other player in the league.
2. noun By extension, a forceful, dramatic success or accomplishment, especially one that is completed handily or easily. This conviction was a slam dunk for the district attorney's office. Their latest smartphone is yet another slam dunk for the electronics manufacturer.
3. verb Literally, to score a slam dunk in basketball. Sometimes hyphenated. You need to stop trying to slam dunk every time you're near the net. She's been slam-dunking against the other team all evening.
4. verb By extension, to achieve a forceful, dramatic success or accomplishment handily or easily, often at the expense of someone or something else. Sometimes hyphenated. The incumbent president has slam dunked his opponent in every televised debate so far. If we can slam-dunk this proposal, we'll get enough funding to see us through to the end of next year.
slam into (someone or something)
To collide with someone or something in a very forceful or violent manner. Another driver ignored a red light and slammed into us in the middle of the intersection. He didn't see the dining room table and slammed right into it.
slam the brake(s) on
1. Literally, to quickly press on a vehicle's brakes to slow down or stop. He slammed the brakes on when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you slam the brake on without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. In this usage, the thing being stopped can be stated after "on." We had to slam the brakes on development when we found out the investors were pulling out.
slam the door in (one's) face
1. Literally, to close a door (e.g., to a house or room) forcefully when one is about to enter or is standing in the doorway. I was so mad at Paul for the way he spoke to me earlier that I slammed the door right in his face when he came back to the apartment last night.
2. By extension, to withdraw support from or refuse to engage, communicate, or work with one in a very abrupt and discourteous manner. This economy is so bad right now. Every business in town slammed the door in my face when I asked about getting a job. The company slammed the door in the CEO's face after rumors of his alleged embezzlement began to circulate. The senator slammed the door in the reporter's face when she tried to interview him about the scandal.
slam the door shut
1. Literally, to close a door very forcefully. My roommate always wakes me up because she slams the door shut when leaving for her 8 AM class. Kids, please don't slam the door shut when you go out—just close it gently!
2. By extension, to completely stop, halt, or prevent something. Well, the school board's decision to cut funding really slammed the door shut on our attempt to revitalize the arts program.
1. adjective, slang Very exciting and vigorous, especially due to great action and speed. The film's slam-bang finale makes up for the slow start and ho-hum middle. The show turned out to be more thoughtful and introspective than slam-bang, which I think took a lot of viewers by surprise.
2. adverb, slang In a very exciting, vigorous, and action-packed manner. The play unfolds slam-bang from beginning to end, and the audience is left breathless by the end of it. The two boxers have been going at it slam-bang for the last three rounds, each one determined to knock the other out.
3. adverb, slang Very quickly, frenetically, and carelessly. The team went slam-bang for the first half of the game, but was left totally depleted as a result in the second half.
4. adverb, slang Very forcefully and noisily. The truck crashed slam-bang through the wall, bringing everyone in the area to a total standstill.
1. slang Really exciting, interesting, or enjoyable; awesome. Often spelled "slammin'." The band just released a slamming new album. I can't stop listening to it! That was a pretty slammin' concert on Saturday. It was like one giant party!
2. slang Very sexually attractive. Often spelled "slammin'." I cannot believe how many slammin' girls are in my econ class.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
slam into someone or something
to crash into someone or something. The race car—out of control—slammed into the stands. The bus slammed into a truck.
slam someone or something down
to drive or strike someone or something downward. The wrestler slammed his opponent down hard. He slammed down his opponent and injured him.
slam something down (on something)and slam something down (onto something)
to bang something down onto something. She slammed her fist down on the table in anger. Karen slammed down her fist onto the table.
slam the brakes on
to push on a vehicle's brakes suddenly and hard. (The can be replaced by a possessive pronoun.) The driver in front of me slammed her brakes on and I nearly ran into her. Don't slam on your brakes when the road is wet.
slam the door in someone's face
1. Lit. to swing a door closed with force while someone is standing in the doorway. I didn't know Todd was behind me and I accidentally slammed the door in his face. Please don't slam the door in my face!
2. Fig. suddenly to withdraw an opportunity from someone. The events of the last week effectively slammed the door in my face for future employment. We slammed the door in Bill's face since he was so rude when we interviewed him.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A sweeping success or total victory, as in This presentation gave us a grand slam-every buyer placed an order. This term originated in the early 1800s in the card game of whist (forerunner of contract bridge), where it refers to the taking of all thirteen tricks. It later was extended to bridge and various sports, where it has different meanings: in baseball, a home run hit with runners on all the bases, resulting in four runs for the team; in tennis, winning all four national championships in a single calendar year; in golf, winning all four major championships. In the 1990s the term was used for four related proposals presented on a ballot at once.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
To put something down forcefully so as to produce a loud noise: I got angry and slammed down the phone. The teacher slammed a book down to get the students' attention.
To hit something with force; crash into someone or something: The truck lost its brakes and slammed into the guardrail.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
pound a beerand pound some beers and hammer a beer and hammer some beers and slam a beer and slam some beers
tv. to drink a beer; to drink a beer fast. Let’s go down to the tavern and pound some beers.
slam a beerverb
slam some beersverb
1. tv. to criticize someone or something. The secretary was slamming the boss in one room, and the boss was slamming the secretary in another.
2. n. a criticism. Harry took another slam at the sales record the sales force had produced for the meeting.
3. tv. to drink something quickly. Bart slammed a couple of beers and left.
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!
mod. wild; exciting. It was a slam-bang weekend, and I loved every minute of it.
mod. great. We had one slamming time last night.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
A very forceful move. This term comes from basketball, where it denotes a strong and often dramatic shot in which the player leaps up and thrusts the ball into the basket from above. Both term and technique date from the 1960s, and by the 1980s the term was being used in business, politics, and other areas, both as a noun and as a verb (to slam dunk). The Boston Globe has used it in both forms: “‘I fear they assume this election will be a slam dunk,’ Rollins said” (July 24, 1991), and “I found that very energizing. . . . There was a real opportunity to slam dunk that one” (May 5, 1992). It is well on its way to cliché status.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer