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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But with only a 50-55% chance of lasting through the fall, a calmer storm season is far from a slam dunk. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "El Niño forecast to continue through the summer, could knock down hurricanes," 13 June 2019 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images At the 2012 N.B.A. slam dunk contest, Chase Budinger ran up behind Diddy, intercepted his upward toss, launched his 6-foot-7 frame over the rapper’s head, and smashed the ball into the net in one swoop. Aimee Berg, New York Times, "Is Chase Budinger the Future of Men’s Beach Volleyball?," 11 July 2019 Lawrence North's Tony Perkins turned Monday's Indiana junior All-Star game into his own slam dunk contest in the final minute. Robert General, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana boys Junior All-Stars dominate Kentucky as both teams split series," 4 June 2019 The importance of play and teamwork seems to be a slam dunk at the Rainbow Recreation Center. CBS News, ""Project Backboard" upgrades basketball courts with colorful murals and inspires communities," 6 Aug. 2019 Please explain to me why Bowen Byram isn’t a slam dunk for the Hawks at No. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Blackhawks Q&A: Is Bowen Byram a slam dunk pick at No. 3? Is Stan Bowman on the hot seat?," 17 June 2019 But legal experts say the criminal case is by no means a slam dunk., "Today: ‘Hong Kong People Are Desperate’," 2 July 2019 And considering the dearth of Giants candidates and the mandate that one player be elected, Smith would appear to be close to a slam dunk. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Giants closer, All-Star candidate Will Smith knows not to look too far ahead," 25 June 2019 While this study may feel like a slam dunk diagnosis, Jacinta Bowler at ScienceAlert cautions that these type of postmortem diagnoses are alway problematic. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Study Suggests Leonardo da Vinci Had A.D.H.D.," 5 June 2019

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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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