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[slam-bang] /ˈslæmˈbæŋ/
adverb, Informal.
with noisy violence:
He drove slam-bang through the garage door.
quickly and carelessly; slapdash.
noisy and violent.
excitingly fast-paced, especially in a noisy and violent way; action-filled; thrilling:
a slam-bang ending to the movie.
vigorous and fast but careless; slapdash.
outstanding or powerful; excellent:
a slam-bang keynote address.
verb (used without object)
to act or proceed in a chaotic or disorderly fashion:
The children slam-banged into the furniture.
Origin of slam-bang
1830-40, Americanism
Related forms
slam-banger, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for slam-bang
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  • The door creaked and pushed off its hinges, falling with a slam-bang.

    "Say Fellows--" Wade C. Smith
  • You takes your coat off and I takes off mine, and we goes at it, here and now, slam-bang.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Honest, slam-bang, line play has never entered into their scheme of things.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • Right under Uncle Wiggily they flew, and just as the sky-cracker was going to burst with a "slam-bang!"

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels Howard R. Garis
  • It was slam-bang playing, but so skilful, and with such a tickling melody, that it was irresistibly popular.

    From the Easy Chair, vol. 1 George William Curtis
  • Later, the C-bar-K boy admitted that the Alhambra whiskey was not so bad, and his slam-bang denunciation of it uncalled for.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • We can have a slam-bang stylish wedding, or a plain, quiet one, just as you choose.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
British Dictionary definitions for slam-bang


another word (esp US) for slap-bang
(US, informal) carelessly; recklessly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for slam-bang



An uncomplimentary comment; a jibe; knock: took a slam at the male stars who dress like ''ranch hands'' (1884+)


  1. : Thrifty Slams Riordan on Its Way Out of Town (1916+)
  2. To hit; clobber (1905+)
  3. To do the sex act with; boff, screw: Did you slam her, Jon? (1980s+ Students)
  4. (also slam-dance) To do a physically colliding and athletic sort of rock-and-roll dancing, esp in the vein of punk rock: The music is hardcore, the dance is slamming (1980s+)
  5. To consume or use: He slammed two beers and then went out on his date/ Did they ever slam heroin? (1980s+ Students)

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grand slam



The vocabulary of slang; language employing much slang

[1879+; blend of slang and language]

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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