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A moment later the window above them was closed with a slam.

The door between the sitting-room and dining-room closed with a slam.

The outside door closed with a slam; "Brother Obed" had fled.

Azuba entered the store in the way in which she did most things, with a flurry and a slam.

Keziah started, as if the slam of the door had been an electric shock.

She clutched the window-sash as if she wished to slam it closed again.

Did you not tell the boys to slam the door as hard as they could?

Paul opened the door, stepped in, and shut it in an instant,—slam!

She was about to slam the door in my face, but I pushed my foot between it and the lintel.

The old hard world had been shut out with the slam of the front door.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, "a severe blow," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian slamre, Swedish slemma "to slam, bang") of imitative origin. Meaning "a violent closing of a door" is from 1817. Meaning "an insult, put-down" is from 1884. Slam-bang recorded by 1806 (also slap-bang, 1785). Slam-dunk is from 1976; early use often in reference to Julius Erving. Slam-dance is attested by 1987 (slam by itself in this sense is recorded from 1983).

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