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Definition of slam into phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Phrasal Verbs

slam into somebody

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slam into something

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slam against somebody

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slam against something

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slam something into somebody

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slam something into something

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slam something against somebody

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slam something against something

 
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to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something crash into something with a lot of force The car skidded and slammed into a tree. The force of the explosion slammed me against the wall. Synonymscrashslam collide smash wreckThese are all words that can be used when something, especially a vehicle, hits something else very hard and is damaged or destroyed.crash (rather informal) to hit an object or another vehicle, causing damage; to make a vehicle do this:I was terrified that the plane would crash.slam (something) into/​against somebody/​something to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something do this:The car skidded and slammed into a tree.collide (rather formal) (of two vehicles or people) to crash into each other; (of a vehicle or person) to crash into somebody/​something else:The car and the van collided head-on in thick fog.smash (rather informal) to crash into something with a lot of force; to make something do this; to crash a car:Ramraiders smashed a stolen car through the shop window.crash, slam or smash?Crash is used especially to talk about vehicles and can be used without a preposition:We’re going to crash, aren’t we? In this meaning slam and smash always take a preposition:We’re going to slam/​smash, aren’t we? They are used for a much wider range of things than just vehicles. Crash can also be used for other things, if used with a preposition:He crashed down the telephone receiver.wreck to crash a vehicle and damage it so badly that it is not worth repairingPatterns two vehicles crash/​collide two vehicles crash/​slam/​smash into each other to crash/​smash/​wreck a car See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents