whizbang

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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whizbang
1915, originally a type of Ger. artillery shell in World War I, so called by the Allied troops in reference to its characteristic sound.
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