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alley–oop

play
noun al·ley–oop \ˌa-lē-ˈyüp\

Definition of alley–oop

  1. :  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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