alley-oop

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

Definition of alley-oop

1 basketball : a play in which a leaping player catches a pass above the basket and immediately dunks the ball The meeting of man and ball was dazzling, the two handed alley-oop slam-dunk spectacular.— Shelly Smith also : the usually high, arcing pass thrown on such a play He threw an alley-oop to George Lynch on a fast break … The New York Times
2 American football : a play in which the quarterback throws a high, arcing pass into the end zone to be caught by a leaping receiver Quarterback Moore hooked up with receiver Moore on one of their patented alley-oops to make the score 20-7.— Austin Murphy also : the pass itself … an alley-oop pass to Chandler from Manning gave the Saints a 13-7 lead. — Larry McMillen … he … tossed an alley-oop to Tate Casey for the first touchdown pass of his college career. USA Today

Other Words from alley-oop

alley-oop verb, transitive + intransitive alley-ooped; alley-ooping; alley-oops
… they dribbled around us, passed behind their backs, and alley-ooped for a bunch of slam dunks. — D. J. MacHale Rob alley-ooped the ball toward the basket. — Stanley Gordon West On the opening drive of the third quarter, Flacco basically alley-ooped a pass from the 7, and Heap outmuscled safety Tyrone Carter for the ball in the rear right corner of the end zone. — Edward Lee

First Known Use of alley-oop

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alley-oop. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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