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 \ 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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Conservatives predicted Walker’s re-election would be a slam dunk on the back of the deal. Bruce Murphy, The Verge, "Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxconn boondoggle," 29 Oct. 2018 For Waymo, showing that what Uber acquired was indeed a trade secret and that it was misappropriated isn't a slam dunk. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Quest to dominate self-driving cars is at the heart of Waymo v. Uber trial," 4 Feb. 2018 But the odd thing, as with many high-reward credit cards, is that getting approved for one of these Barclays Uber cards isn't a slam dunk for some Generation Y consumers. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How to get a credit card when you've never had one," 28 June 2018 James threw a pass to himself off the backboard for a slam dunk as Cleveland raced to a 16-4 early lead. Fox News, "LeBron's Game 3 dunk sets social media on fire," 6 June 2018 Prosecutors may have a slam dunk with the latest arrest in their fight against corruption in college basketball. Chris White, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Adidas team director pleads guilty and will cooperate in college basketball corruption case," 27 Apr. 2018 The All-Star flew past J.R. Smith and threw a slam dunk on James, who rotated over to help. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Victor Oladipo dunked on and nutmegged LeBron James in Pacers' Game 6 win," 27 Apr. 2018 The award-winning adventure park company will have trampoline arenas, dodgeball courts, stunt airbag, slam dunk tracks, The Urban Warrior Course™ and more. Austen Erblat,, "Urban Air Adventure Park to take over former site of hhgregg in Wellington," 13 July 2018 A few weeks later, it was revealed the 36-year-old Ginobili completed his slam dunk while playing with a stress fracture in his leg. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Championship snapshots: The top 10 Finals moments in Spurs history," 2 June 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

: something that is sure to happen or be successful

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