Try Our Apps


World Series Quiz


[slam-duhngk] /ˈslæmˌdʌŋk/
verb (used with object)
Basketball. to dunk (the ball) with great force.

slam dunk

Basketball. a particularly forceful, often dramatic dunk shot.
Slang. something regarded as certain to occur or be accomplished, typically something desirable that requires little further effort:
The election is starting to look like a slam dunk for our side.
Origin of slam dunk
Related forms
slam dunker, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for slam-dunk
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He always looks like he's about to slam-dunk your ass, and he's really into raising his voice for dramatic effect.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for slam-dunk

slam dunk

(basketball) a scoring shot in which a player jumps up and forces the ball down through the basket
(informal) a task so easy that success in it is deemed a certainty
(basketball) to jump up and force (a ball) through a basket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for slam-dunk

slam dunk


: Welfare reform should have been a slam-dunk issue for the Republicans. But last week they allowed tax cuts to get in the way/ The bombing is not a slam-dunk case. It's going to require a really good presentation by the government to convince the jury

noun phrase

  1. A spectacular success; winner: Both pro-and antimerger members have been equally taken with the new rabbi. ''It's a slam dunk,'' enthuses Corwin (1990s+)
  2. (also slam-dunk landing): The safety board said that Flight 2268 didn't need to dive abruptly toward the runway. It contended the pilot elected to quickly slow down the plane for a slam dunk landing by reversing the engines

verb phrase

To score a field goal by leaping up and thrusting the ball violently down through the hoop (1976+ Basketball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with slam-dunk

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.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for slam-dunk

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for slam

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for slam-dunk