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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. 2017.
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  • The value of honors, slam, little slam or chicane, is not affected by doubling or redoubling.

    Auction of To-day Milton C. Work
  • She shut the door with a little slam and came over to where her friend sat.

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

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • Fancy anyone's doubling a little slam bid on a hand like Carolyn Drake's—or even calling an informatory double in the first place!

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
  • And Mrs. Garrett copped all the rest of 'em for a little slam.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • Something in the way she said it made it sound like a little slam on the boss, and of course I wasn't going to stand for that.

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde
  • Well, she, bad luck to her, she couldn't make a little slam.

    Ivanoff Anton Checkov
  • The fellow on the left held my partner's missing suits; he made the little slam, and scored nearly six hundred below the line.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • I declared a little slam in clubs yesterday, and made a grand slam!

    Ivanoff Anton Checkov
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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