Origin of alley-oopfrom French allez (imper. of aller, to go), used as interjection of encouragement, surprise, exhortation + oop from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A play in which a pass is lobbed above the basket and a player jumps up and attempts to catch the ball and score before returning to the floor.
- The pass made in such a play.
Origin of alley-oopFrench allez-oop cry of circus acrobat about to leap from allez pl. imperative of aller to go from Old French aler to walk ; see alley 1.
(plural alley oops)
- (basketball) A play in which one player passes the ball to another, who catches it while airborne and dunks or lays it up before landing.
- Shaq lobs the ball to Kobe Bryant as Kobe finishes for the alley oop.
From French Allez-oop, cry of circus acrobat about to leap, from French allez (plural imperative of aller, to go), from Old French aler, to walk + oop, unknown (possibly onomatopoeia).
- An American comic strip created in 1933 by V.T. Hamlin, currently written by Carole Bender and drawn by Jack Bender.
- The caveman main character of the Alley Oop comic strip