slam dunk


Definition of slam dunk

2 : sure thing the case is a slam dunk

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Casinos are not as obvious a slam dunk as marijuana. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: Are casinos the answer to Texas’ fiscal troubles?," 31 Dec. 2020 The gatherings were art to appreciate as much as any touchdown or slam dunk. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Goodbye 2020, good morning 2021; a sports world gone dark will light up again," 1 Jan. 2021 Using both in one solar panel is a slam dunk of maximizing wavelength coverage. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Solar Cell Just Set an Astounding Efficiency Record," 21 Dec. 2020 But the hypothesis wasn't yet a slam dunk, although the small discrepancies in the data could be explained by the weathering of the steel after 54 years of exposure to harsh space weather. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Strange object recaptured by Earth is 1966 booster rocket from Surveyor 2," 8 Dec. 2020 The issue is whether athletics director Chris Del Conte, whose relationship with Herman is said to be pretty frosty, will throw around $20 million-plus in buyouts for that coaching staff without having a slam dunk candidate in his back pocket. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 5 burning questions as college football coaching carousel speeds up," 3 Dec. 2020 Jones was at least a slam dunk champ (2004) during his Pacers tenure. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana Pacers' 10 worst NBA draft picks in history," 24 Nov. 2020 But no definitive piece of evidence existed that proved COVID-19 vaccines would be a slam dunk. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight," 18 Nov. 2020 Conway seems like a slam dunk, as she's shown off her impressive vocals on her TikTok account, which has nearly 1.5 million followers; a spokesperson for Idol could not be reached for comment at press time to confirm Conway's audition. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Claudia Conway Tried Out For 'American Idol': 'I'm Very, Very Nervous'," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of slam dunk

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jan 2021

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“Slam dunk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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