Definition of "slam-dunk" [slam-dunk]

  • Basketball To make a slam dunk. (verb-intransitive)
  • Basketball To shoot (the ball) in a slam dunk. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a forceful dramatic move against (another): "They've stopped slam-dunking each other and begun designing strategies with the ... aim of moving those on welfare into decent jobs” ( David L. Kirp). (verb-transitive)

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Use "slam-dunk" in a sentence
  • "As Josh Marshall notes, it's not a slam-dunk that Mr. Specter will be the Democratic nominee for the Senate in 2010."
  • "As a bowhunter i only take slam-dunk shots, so i would be confident i could find him."
  • "Balsillie says he has had briefings with company chief information officers and "this is hands-down, slam-dunk what they're looking for.""