slam dunk


Definition of slam dunk

1 : dunk shot
2 : sure thing the case is a slam dunk

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Other Words from slam dunk

slam-dunk \ ˈslam-​ˈdəŋk How to pronounce slam-dunk (audio) \ verb

Synonyms for slam dunk


cinch, lock, shoo-in, sure thing

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Examples of slam dunk in a Sentence

The vote proved to be a slam dunk for our side with a 24 to 5 win. There's no doubt that he's guilty. The case is a slam dunk.

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Baldwin needs 23 receptions to pass John L. Williams for third on Seattle’s all-time receptions list with 472 and 459 yards to pass Williams for third in career yards with 6,446, numbers that once seemed like slam dunks to occur at mid-season. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Doug Baldwin says he’s healthy, ball just didn’t go his way Sunday," 9 Oct. 2018 Oliver, the two-time defending champion, seems like a slam dunk to return as a nominee, at the very least. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Battle Among Late-Night Talk Hosts Should Make for Morning's Most Suspenseful Reveal," 11 July 2018 For a man interested in atonement, that’s a slam dunk. Jenice Armstrong,, "A big rebound for ex-Sixers star Jayson Williams | Jenice Armstrong," 4 June 2018 And make no mistake: the kicks are the biggest slam dunk of the offering. Jake Woolf, GQ, "James Harden and Y-3 Are Taking NBA Style to a New Level," 13 Feb. 2018 The long, clean lines of the vest-dress layered with the attenuated track pant make this look an easy slam dunk. Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire, "How to Style Vests, Your New Spring Wardrobe Staple," 28 Feb. 2019 In the world of TV advertisements, that’s a slam dunk. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 2019 LaVine is a two-time NBA slam dunk champion with career averages of 14.0 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings to sign Zach LaVine to offer sheet, source says, after athletic guard reached out," 6 July 2018 Compared to chips and cookies, pre-pureed fruits and veggies sound like a slam dunk for parents looking to feed their kids more produce. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "You're Probably Feeding Your Kids Too Many Food Pouches, Say Pediatricians," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of slam dunk

1972, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of slam dunk

US, informal : something that is sure to happen or be successful

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something valued as if it were money

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