slam dunk


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

slam dunk

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.
See also: dunk, slam

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.
See also: dunk, slam

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.
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!
See also: dunk, slam

slam dunk

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.
See also: dunk, slam
References in periodicals archive ?
Craig Coulam and his Flying is crew of Mark Puddick and Ben Howe (RAYC) made a real impact in the class, deservedly finishing just behind Slam Dunk in second place overall.
Slam Dunk Festival takes place this weekend in Leeds and Hertfordshire and showcases the world's best punk and hardcore bands.
However, the number of variables involved makes this task less of a slam dunk and more of a calculated risk.
The airline has said that Slam Dunk One is emblazoned with an NBA basketball going through a hoop on the forward portion of the fuselage.
"Mechanics of a Slam Dunk," by Peter Brancazio, Popular Mechanics, November, 1991.
Prizes were given out to anyone who could make a slam dunk in the basketball net between all the wooden cabinets at the Modem Kitchen and Bath Designs Inc.
But running Cubby Bear has been no slam dunk. Staffing is always a big issue.
For many basketball fans the slam dunk is the most exciting and entertaining play in sports.
Their debut single - Slam Dunk (Da Funk) - made the Top 10 in January.
Basketball backboards made of 100% recycled materials are a slam dunk for Composite Technologies Corp.
firms to benefit from the skills of foreigners educated at the expense of taxpayers and companies should be a slam dunk. It is time to kick the bureaucrats out of the laboratory.
And when Jordan took off for a slam dunk, it was showtime at the Olympics, and the international audience received a foretaste of the Air Jordan who's the leader of the Chicago Bulls.
CALASIAO, Pangasinan -- Rey Guevarra captured a record-tying fifth Slam Dunk crown, PJ Simon became the new Three-Point king and Beau Belga remained the Obstacle Challenge champion in the PBA All-Stars Skills Challenge here.
Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk champion, besting returning contestant Dennis Smith Jr.
During the two-day culminating activity, an NBA player, an NBA legend, and a slam dunk team will be making an appearance.