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[slam-er] /ˈslæm ər/
a person or thing that slams.
Usually, the slammer. Also called the slam. Slang. a prison.
Origin of slammer
First recorded in 1955-60; slam1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Of Dr. slammer also we have only a sketch, and that of the slightest character.

  • The officers—like Dr. slammer, all the figures—fat boy included—were drawn from this stage of his life.

  • As it was, slammer stumped off in anger, leaving the Pickwickians to enjoy the evening in their own way.

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  • Doctor slammer was old; Jingle was young, and the lady felt flattered.

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  • At that moment Doctor slammer saw that the man he faced was not the one who had insulted him at the ball.

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British Dictionary definitions for slammer


(slang) the slammer, prison
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slammer

"jail, prison," 1952, perhaps from earlier U.S. slang sense of "door" (by 1943), agent noun from slam (v.). As "one who slams," from 1892.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slammer



slam dunk (1970s+ Basketball)

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grand slammer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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