alley-oop


al·ley–oop

noun \ˌa-lē-ˈyüp\

Definition of ALLEY-OOP

:  a basketball play in which a leaping player catches a pass above the basket and immediately dunks the ball; also :  the usually looping pass thrown on such a play

Origin of ALLEY-OOP

alteration of allez-oop, cry of a circus acrobat about to leap, probably from French allez, 2d person plural imperative of aller to go + English -oop, perhaps alteration of up
First Known Use: 1967

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