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The following quote is from the movie Coach Carter. The basketball team is in a locker room after a game they lost. They're arguing with each other and one of them says:

We had nothing but 32 points. I got 12 of them. What did you get, Kenyon?

Another team member answers him:

Just shut up, dog. The Crane swooped down on you and delivered a basket of beat-down. He clowned you, dog.

What does swooped down on you mean here?

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    If you can't understand swooped down (which will be clearly explained by every dictionary), how on earth could you hope to understand a basket of beat-down (which I doubt would be in any dictionary), or he clowned you (which I can only guess at, and again wouldn't expect to find in a dictionary). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 5 '15 at 20:05
  • @FumbleFingers Well, yes. That dictionary explains that, but in not a not-clear way.... – Dmitrii Bundin Apr 6 '15 at 4:54
  • @FumbleFingers basket of beat-down seems clearer to me. I think he takled about beating the team... I guess. – Dmitrii Bundin Apr 6 '15 at 5:22
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    Some AmE speakers use cranes instead of storks for the "baby delivery" nursery story sense. It's an absolute cert the scriptwriters intended that allusion, but I don't think it works very well (it's unlikely any speaker who addresses other people as "dog" would use upmarket "delivered" instead of plain "gave"). You're dealing with smart-ass scriptwriters finely-honed wit here, not a faithful reflection of how actual basketball players speak to each other. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 6 '15 at 12:22
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"Swooped down" is to enforce the metaphor of a bird descending rapidly so as to attack some form of prey.

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