alley-oop

noun al·ley-oop \ 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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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