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Definition of slam verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slam
    he / she / it slams
    past simple slammed
    -ing form slamming
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to shut, or to make something shut, with a lot of force, making a loud noise synonym bang I heard the door slam behind him. + adj. A window slammed shut in the wind. slam something He stormed out of the house, slamming the door as he left. slam something + adj. She slammed the lid shut. + adv./prep. She slammed out of the room (= went out and slammed the door behind her).
  2. 2[transitive] slam something + adv./prep. to put, push, or throw something into a particular place or position with a lot of force She slammed down the phone angrily. He slammed on the brakes (= stopped the car very suddenly).
  3. 3[transitive] slam somebody/something (used especially in newspapers) to criticize someone or something very strongly The government has been slammed for failing to take firm action against drinking and driving.
  4. Idioms
      shut/slam the door in somebody's face
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    1. 1to shut a door hard when someone is trying to come in
    2. 2to refuse to talk to someone or meet them, in a rude way
    Phrasal Verbsslam into/against somebody/something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: slam