slam1 / slam/ • v. (slammed, slam·ming ) [tr.] shut (a door, window, or lid) forcefully and loudly: he slams the door behind him as he leaves. ∎ [intr.] be closed forcefully and loudly: she heard a car door slam. ∎ [tr.] push or put somewhere with great force: Charlie slammed down the phone. ∎ [intr.] (slam into) crash into; collide heavily with: the car mounted the sidewalk, slamming into a lamppost. ∎ [tr.] inf. hit (something) with great force in a particular direction: he slammed a shot into the net. ∎ put (something) into action suddenly or forcefully: I slammed on the brakes. ∎ [intr.] move violently or loudly: he slammed out of the room. ∎ [tr.] (usu. be slammed) inf. criticize severely: his efforts to slam the president destroyed his own campaign. ∎ [tr.] inf. score points against or gain a victory over (someone) easily: the Blue Devils slammed Kansas to win the title. ∎ [tr.] [often as n.] (slamming) (of a telephone company) take over the account of (a telephone customer) without their permission. • n. 1. [usu. in sing.] a loud bang caused by the forceful shutting of something such as a door: the back door closed with a slam. 2. (usu. the slam) inf. prison. 3. a poetry contest in which competitors recite their entries and are judged by members of the audience, the winner being elected after several elimination rounds. slam2 • n. Bridge a grand slam (all thirteen tricks) or small slam (twelve tricks), for which bonus points are scored if bid and made.
Slam ★★ 1998 (R)
Documentarian Levin makes his feature film debut with this part-prison, part-ghetto drama. Street-smart, low-level drug dealer Ray (Williams) is living in gang-ridden D.C. when he's busted for possession and suspicion of murdering his supplier. Jail's just as rough as the streets since two local inside gangs each want Ray's allegiance. Ray wants to keep to himself and work on his writing—the poetry he composes about what he sees in life. He manages to get bail and then has a lot of hard decisions to make. 100m/C VHS, DVD . Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone; D: Marc Levin; W: Marc Levin, Saul Williams, Sonja Sohn, Bonz Malone, Richard Stratton; C: Mark Benjamin. Sundance '98: Grand Jury Prize.