[ al-ee-oop ]

  1. (used as a shout of encouragement, exhortation, or the like, especially when coordinating efforts to lift a heavy object.)

  1. Basketball. a quick-score play in which a high, arching pass is made to a teammate close to the basket, who leaps to catch the ball and in midair drops or stuffs it through the basket.

Origin of alley-oop

First recorded in 1915–20; from French allez-hop; allez, imperative of aller “to go” + hop, variant of houp, an interjection of expressive origin; cf. alley1, hoopla

Words Nearby alley-oop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023