Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The pass made in such a play.
  • interjection Used to signal the start of a strenuous activity, such as lifting.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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 alley.]

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  • an acrobatic act, from French 'allez', and English 'up'.

    August 6, 2008

  • Now, mostly a basketball term

    October 16, 2008

  • And (without the hyphen) a song by the Hollywood Argyles, after the comic strip of the same name.

    October 16, 2008

  • Earworm!

    October 16, 2008

  • He'll knuckle your head before you count to foh-wah...

    October 16, 2008

  • Shame about basketball sinking its claws into this. Happens, 'spose.

    October 16, 2008

  • He got a big ugly club and a head fulla hairuh. . . .

    October 16, 2008

  • *Sigh* They don't write 'em like that anymore...

    October 16, 2008

  • I suspect most people are glad of that. ;->

    October 16, 2008

  • Makes a topical palindrome!

    October 16, 2008