al·​ley-oop | \ ˌa-lē-ˈyüp How to pronounce alley-oop (audio) \

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

First Known Use of alley-oop

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alley-oop

alteration of allez-oop, cry of a circus acrobat about to leap, probably from French allez, 2nd person plural imperative of aller to go + English -oop, perhaps alteration of up

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“Alley-oop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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