Definition of alley-oop exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌæli ˈuːp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæli ˈuːp//
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used when somebody does a clever movement with their body or with an object See related entries: Basketball Word Origin early 20th cent.: perhaps from French allez! ‘go on!’ (expressing encouragement) + a supposedly French pronunciation of up.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alley-oop

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