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slam-bang

[slam-bang] /ˈslæmˈbæŋ/
adverb, Informal.
1.
with noisy violence:
He drove slam-bang through the garage door.
2.
quickly and carelessly; slapdash.
adjective
3.
noisy and violent.
4.
excitingly fast-paced, especially in a noisy and violent way; action-filled; thrilling:
a slam-bang ending to the movie.
5.
vigorous and fast but careless; slapdash.
6.
outstanding or powerful; excellent:
a slam-bang keynote address.
verb (used without object)
7.
to act or proceed in a chaotic or disorderly fashion:
The children slam-banged into the furniture.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
Related forms
slam-banger, noun
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  • They have a slam-bang, take-it-or-leave-it audacity.
British Dictionary definitions for slam-bang

slam-bang

adverb
1.
another word (esp US) for slap-bang
2.
(US, informal) carelessly; recklessly
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Slang definitions & phrases for slam-bang

slam-bang

adjective

Raucous, violent, vigorous, etc: in climaxes as slam-bang as a four-horse stretch drive/ a couple of slam-bang musical numbers (1823+)

adverb

Violently: They went at it slam-bang (1840+)

noun

A wild and vicious fight (1920s+ Prizefighting)

Related Terms

slap


slap

adverb

Precisely; directly: Streets that ended slap in a courtyard/ The storm was pointed slam-bang at Tampa (first form 1829+, second 1885+, third 1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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