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grand slam

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. In 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. (sometimes capitalized) In 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.
See also: grand, slam

be a slam dunk

To be predicted or expected to be successful. All the best players in school are on our team—victory will be a slam dunk!
See also: dunk, slam

slam (on) the brake(s)

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles 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 one is doing. We had to slam on the brakes when we found out investors were pulling out of the company.
See also: slam

slam the brake(s) on

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles 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 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 comes after "on." We had to slam the brakes on development when we found out the investors were pulling out.
See also: on, slam

slam back

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.
See also: back, slam

slam down

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.
See also: down, slam

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 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.
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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.
See also: dunk, slam

slam into someone or something

to crash into someone or something. The race carout of controlslammed into the stands. The bus slammed into a truck.
See also: slam

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.
See also: down, slam

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.
See also: down, slam

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.
See also: brake, on, slam

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.
See also: door, face, slam

grand slam

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.
See also: grand, 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

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 down

v.
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.
See also: down, slam

slam into

v.
To hit something with force; crash into someone or something: The truck lost its brakes and slammed into the guardrail.
See also: slam

pound a beer

and 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.
See also: beer, pound

slam a beer

verb
See also: beer, slam

slam some beers

verb
See also: beer, slam

slam

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.

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-bang

mod. wild; exciting. It was a slam-bang weekend, and I loved every minute of it.

slamming

mod. great. We had one slamming time last night.
See also: slam
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It still takes an awful lot to achieve the Grand Slam.
In addition to Sapienza and Richardson, who are the past organizer of the Poets Asylum and director of the Worcester Youth Slam, respectively, 7 Hills Slam's creative team includes The Dirty Gerund's co-organizers and hosts Alex Charalambides and Nick Davis, Worcester's current "slam master'' Liz Heath, Straight Up open mic's Angel Gonzales, Conscious Corner (and Ship Room) readings organizer Robert Blackwell Gibbs, Top Floor series organizer and graphic designer Gary Hoare, 2013 Worcester slam team member (and IWPS rep for Worcester) Jenith Charpentier, longtime Worcester poet and slam team member Sou MacMillan and Poets' Asylum founder and living local legend Bill MacMillan.
As mentioned above, the Deer Slam involves the taking of the five major categories of deer in North America (more on this below).
Maybe you re not holding a slam, but you still have three more chances to win a grand slam.
Sparks (2002) thinks it helps "to think of poetry slams as critical spaces where identities are formed, cultural lives and social conditions are critiques.
There are three nationally sanctioned annual contests; a nonprofit organization that oversees poetry slam interests and registers slams all over the world (the aptly named Poetry Slam, Inc.
At nearly 7-feet tall, Dixon, and other players his size, look like they could slam dunk in their sleep.
Every April, slammers converge upon Chicago for the annual Slam Masters Weekend, where organizers and poets meet to plan for the upcoming national, regional, local slams and other events.
THE first time the Grand Slam was up for grabs in the final game of the championship was in 1978 when Phil Bennett's Welsh side beat France 16-7 in Cardiff.
I have won Slams, and I've lost Slams, but one thing is for certain, we are a stronger team because of those setbacks.
Bet365 - Murray 2016 Grand Slams won: 8-11 none, 7-4 one, 7 two, 50 three, 500 four; Evs to win a Grand Slam singles title in 2016 (8-11 not to); 4 not to win at least one more Grand Slam by end of 2020 (1-6 to do so); 11-10 to win a second US Open singles title by end of 2020 (4-6 not to).
In the eyes of the team that put on the show, a lot of people get the wrong idea about poetry slams.
Poetry Slam to Singapore has widened the poetry's appeal, and during the past four years Word Forward--the founder of Poetry Slam in Singapore--estimates that close to fifty thousand Singaporeans of all ages have viewed and participated in poetry slams in clubs, theaters, festivals, art centers, and now schools and colleges, where the audience is growing exponentially.
Slams are competitive poetry events that stress the art of performance (also known as spoken word ) over well-crafted stanzas.