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little slam

noun, Bridge.
the winning of twelve of the thirteen tricks of a deal.
Also called small slam.
Compare grand slam (def 1).
Origin of little slam
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She shut the door with a little slam and came over to where her friend sat.

    The Phantom Lover Ruby M. Ayres
  • "I could of made a little slam as well as not," she says when it was over.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • And Mrs. Garrett copped all the rest of 'em for a little slam.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • Well, she, bad luck to her, she couldn't make a little slam.

    Ivanoff Anton Checkov
  • I declared a little slam in clubs yesterday, and made a grand slam!

    Ivanoff Anton Checkov
  • She closed the door, as was her wont, with a little slam and went down-stairs.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The value of honors, slam, little slam or chicane, is not affected by doubling or redoubling.

    Auction of To-day

    Milton C. Work
  • little slam is made when six by cards is similarly scored; it adds twenty points to the honor count.

    Auction of To-day

    Milton C. Work
  • "There was" said Malcourt; and ironically condoled with him as Portlaw accomplished a little slam in hearts.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • little slam is twelve tricks similarly scored, and adds twenty points to the honour count.

    Bridge Axioms and Laws J. B. Elwell
British Dictionary definitions for little slam

little slam

(bridge) the winning of all tricks except one by one side, or the contract to do so Also called small slam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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