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    #1

    to slam-dunk

    When a person says they're going to do all they can to slam-dunk a job interview, do they mean to pass an interview and get a job?

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    #2

    Re: to slam-dunk

    It could be understood to mean that.

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    #3

    Re: to slam-dunk

    In basketball, a "slam dunk" is a shot that almost cannot be missed.

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    #4

    Re: to slam-dunk

    I'm no basketball oficionado, but I always thought a slam dunk was when a player forcefully thrusts the ball into the net from above, leaving no doubt about where the ball is going.
    But I suppose it could have more than one meaning, ie. the shot before it's played and the way the shot is played.

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    #5

    Re: to slam-dunk

    Usually not. And outside of basketball, it generally means a "sure thing".

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    Re: to slam-dunk

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    Usually not. And outside of basketball, it generally means a "sure thing".
    OK, well my sources say it's the making of the shot that makes it a slam dunk in basketball.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slam_dunk
    I accept that outside of basketball it might mean a sure thing. That gives it the two meanings that I was referring to.

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    Re: to slam-dunk

    Since the OP's question did not involve basketball, I see only one meaning.

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    #8

    Re: to slam-dunk

    But I've never seen it used as a verb.
    The interview may be a slam dunk but you don't "slam dunk the interview."

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    Re: to slam-dunk

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The interview may be a slam dunk but you don't "slam dunk the interview."
    Yes, that's what made me think that the writer had the other meaning (playing the shot) in mind.

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    Re: to slam-dunk

    I have heard it relatively often.

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