slam dunk

noun

Definition of slam dunk

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

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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 It’s still early stages, and Keith has tried to temper expectations: both about how long the investigation may take, and that there’s no such thing as a slam dunk case against police officers. Ben Terris, Washington Post, "Americans want justice for George Floyd. Keith Ellison is in charge of getting it.," 18 June 2020 The standout feature of this model is a backboard and hoop that will send your aspiring Jordans, Bryants, and Jameses soaring into the air for a slam dunk. Popular Science, "Backyard trampolines to entertain kids and adults," 2 June 2020 That is no slam dunk given the panoply of choices customers already have, especially for clothing. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Why Lands’ End is betting on its new Kohl’s partnership to refuel growth," 3 June 2020 The 1988 slam dunk contest: The hang gliding free-throw line takeoff to best Dominique Wilkins further punctuated Jordan's out-of-this-world athleticism and mid-air creativity that was borderline poetic. 10. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Day 39 Without Sports 😭: Reliving Michael Jordan's top 10 moments ahead of 'The Last Dance'," 19 Apr. 2020 Houston narrowly missed out on witnessing one of the glorious Jordan vs. Dominique Wilkins slam dunk contests. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "When the Astrodome hosted Michael Jordan, 1989 NBA All-Stars," 27 Apr. 2020 Robinson is the first New England native to compete in the 3-point contest since Matt Bonner in 2013, and his good friend, Milwaukee Bucks forward Pat Connaughton, is the first Massachusetts native to compete in the slam dunk contest. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "Duncan Robinson and Pat Connaughton to add New England flavor to All-Star Saturday Night," 14 Feb. 2020 Everything makes sense here and should be a slam dunk for The Family and The Men. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: Cincinnati again could land Joe Burrow. No way this gets messed up. Right?," 18 Dec. 2019 By all accounts, its ratification should have been a slam dunk. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "What Happened To Phyllis Schlafly — & Her Anti-Feminist Movement — After Her STOP ERA Campaign," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of slam dunk

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of slam dunk was in 1969

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“Slam dunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slam%20dunk. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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slam dunk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slam dunk

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

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