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bang

1 [bang]
noun
1.
a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun.
2.
a resounding stroke or blow: a nasty bang on the head.
3.
Informal. a sudden movement or show of energy: He started with a bang.
4.
energy; vitality; spirit: The bang has gone out of my work.
5.
Informal. sudden or intense pleasure; thrill; excitement: a big bang out of seeing movies.
6.
Slang: Vulgar. sexual intercourse.
7.
Printing and Computer Slang. an exclamation point.
verb (used with object)
8.
to strike or beat resoundingly; pound: to bang a door.
9.
to hit or bump painfully: to bang one's ankle on a chair leg.
10.
to throw or set down roughly; slam: He banged the plates on the table.
11.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
verb (used without object)
12.
to strike violently or noisily: to bang on the door.
13.
to make a loud, sudden, explosive noise like that of a violent blow: The guns banged all night.
14.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.
adverb
15.
suddenly and loudly; abruptly or violently: She fell bang against the wall.
16.
directly; precisely; right: He stood bang in the middle of the flower bed.
Verb phrases
17.
bang into, to collide with; bump into: The truck skidded on the ice and banged into a parked car.
18.
bang up, to damage: A passing car banged up our fender.
Idioms
19.
bang off, Chiefly British Slang. immediately; right away.
20.
bang on, Chiefly British Slang. terrific; marvelous; just right: That hat is absolutely bang on.

Origin:
1540–50; 1930–35 for def 5; compare Old Norse banga to beat, hammer, Low German bangen to strike, beat, German dialect banken; perhaps orig. imitative


2. smack, clout, box, wallop, sock, bash, cuff.
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bang1 (bæŋ)
 
n
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
 
vb
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
13.  (Brit) (tr)
 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
 
adv
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]

bang2 (bæŋ)
 
n
1.  a fringe or section of hair cut straight across the forehead
 
vb
2.  to cut (the hair) in such a style
3.  to dock (the tail of a horse, etc)
 
[C19: probably short for bangtail short tail]

bang3 (bæŋ)
 
n
a variant spelling of bhang

bang up
 
vb
prison slang (tr, adverb) to lock up (a prisoner) in his or her cell, esp for the night

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Word Origin & History

bang
1540s, "to strike hard with a loud blow," from O.N. banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin. Slang meaning "have sexual intercourse with" first recorded 1937. Bang-up "excellent, first-rate," 1820, probably shortened from phrase bang up to the mark.
"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper"

[T.S. Eliot, "Hollow Men," 1925]
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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.

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Idioms & Phrases

bang up

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.

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