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Re: Meaning of the phrase

Posted by Bob on October 23, 2001

In Reply to: Meaning of the phrase posted by Hafeez Siddiqui on October 23, 2001

: Hi
: I would like to know the meaning of the phrase"Slam Dunk"/ I have come across this several times. Thanks

The phrase comes from basketball, when a player rises up above the rim and forcefully puts the ball through the hoop so there is little or no chance for a defender to prevent it. (Originally, a "dunk" was the act of putting the ball directly in the hoop. A "slam dunk" was the powerful version of same.) Thus, by extension, a "slam dunk" is a metaphor that means a certain success, an unstoppable action.