whiz-bang

[n. hwiz-bang, wiz-; adj. hwiz-bang, wiz-]
noun
1.
Military. a small, high-speed shell whose sound as it flies through the air arrives almost at the same instant as its explosion.
2.
a firecracker with a similar effect.
3.
Informal. whiz1 ( def 5 ).
adjective
4.
Informal. first-rate; topnotch: a whiz-bang navigator.
Also, whizbang, whizz-bang.


Origin:
1910–15; orig. imitative

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whizz-bang or whiz-bang
 
n
1.  a small-calibre World War I shell that, when discharged, travelled at such a high velocity that the sound of its flight was heard only an instant, if at all, before the sound of its explosion
2.  a type of firework that jumps around emitting a whizzing sound and occasional bangs
 
adj
3.  informal excellent or first-rate
 
whiz-bang or whiz-bang
 
n
 
adj

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Its vision of the future, however, is a smorgasbord of whiz-bang inventions.
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