American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Basketball A play in which a pass is lobbed above the basket and a player jumps up and attempts to catch the ball and score before returning to the floor.
- n. Basketball The pass made in such a play.
- interj. Used to signal the start of a strenuous activity, such as lifting.
- French allez-oop, cry of circus acrobat about to leap, from allez, pl. imperative of aller, to go, from Old French aler, to walk; see alley1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Long before the term alley-oop became synonymous with dunking a basketball, San Francisco wide receiver R. C. Owens invented the play on Kezar's turf, using his leaping ability to snag lobs in the end zone from Tittle.”
“Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo threw the ball away while looking for a wide-open Allen on a breakaway—but Rondo did acquit himself nicely when he inbounded an alley-oop straight to Garnett for a dunk that cut the Knicks' lead to one and set up Allen's game-winner.”
“The dunking machine grabbed the ball with one hand and slammed it in for the incredible alley-oop.”
“The red team took an early 6-0 lead, with Morrison hitting Ndiaye for an alley-oop dunk, Arenas blowing past Wall for an easy layup and Palmer knocking down a long jumper.”
“Newcomer Kirk Hinrich played some serious defense on Wall, Wall connected with JaVale McGee for several alley-oop dunks, Young buried several contested jumpers, and Arenas provided some flashes of his old (No. 0) self.”
“DJ duo Oh Snap!! and Ratt Moze set up Mr. Nasty with an alley-oop for the Tuesday night dunk at DC9.”
“They had energy on Friday, however, and it was on display most notably in the second quarter when Marvin Williams threw a high alley-oop to forward Josh Smith for a hard, athletic slam dunk.”
“Foye lobbed it in the air and Griffin jumped up, grabbed the ball with one hand and dunked it for the alley-oop.”
“Wall hit Griffin with two alley-oop passes in the first half, but dazzled the thousands of children in magenta T-Mobile jerseys with a highlight that should get repeated several times this weekend: Wall received an outlet pass just beyond half court, took a step, then bounced the ball off the court.”
“Note also that last year the Celts were an abysmal alley-oop team.”
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