|1.||a short loud explosive noise, as of the bursting of a balloon or the report of a gun|
|2.||a hard blow or knock, esp a noisy one; thump: he gave the ball a bang|
|3.||informal a startling or sudden effect: he realized with a bang that he was late|
|4.||slang an injection of heroin or other narcotic|
|5.||taboo, slang an act of sexual intercourse|
|6.||slang (US), (Canadian) get a bang out of to experience a thrill or excitement from|
|7.||with a bang successfully: the party went with a bang|
|8.||to hit or knock, esp with a loud noise; bump: to bang one's head|
|9.||to move noisily or clumsily: to bang about the house|
|10.||to close (a door, window, etc) or (of a door, etc) be closed noisily; slam|
|11.||(tr) to cause to move by hitting vigorously: he banged the ball over the fence|
|12.||to make or cause to make a loud noise, as of an explosion|
|a. to cause (stock prices) to fall by rapid selling|
|b. to sell rapidly in (a stock market), thus causing prices to fall|
|14.||taboo, slang to have sexual intercourse with|
|15.||slang (intr) to inject heroin, etc|
|16.||informal bang for one's buck value for money: this option offers more bang for your buck|
|17.||informal bang goes that is the end of: bang goes my job in Wapping|
|18.||bang one's head against a brick wall to try to achieve something impossible|
|19.||with a sudden impact or effect: bang went his hopes of winning; the car drove bang into a lamp-post|
|20.||precisely: bang in the middle of the road|
|21.||slang bang to rights caught red-handed|
|22.||go bang See also bang up to burst, shut, etc, with a loud noise|
|[C16: from Old Norse bang, banga hammer; related to Low German bangen to beat; all of imitative origin]|
|prison slang (tr, adverb) to lock up (a prisoner) in his or her cell, esp for the night|
"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper"
[T.S. Eliot, "Hollow Men," 1925]
Bang (bāng, bäng), Bernhard Lauritz Frederik. 1848-1932.
Danish veterinarian who discovered Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis in cattle and of undulant fever in humans.
Damage, injure, as in Banging up the car a second time will make Dad very unhappy, or Mother fell down the stairs and was all banged up. The verb to bang alone had this meaning from the 1500s on, up being added in the late 1800s. In the early 1800s it gave rise to the colloquial adjective bang-up, for excellent or very successful, as in David did a bang-up job baking the birthday cake.