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whiz-bang

[n. hwiz-bang, wiz-; adj. hwiz-bang, wiz-] /n. ˈʰwɪzˌbæŋ, ˈwɪz-; adj. ˈʰwɪzˈbæŋ, ˈwɪz-/
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
1910-1915
1910-15; orig. imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for whizz-bang

whizz-bang

noun
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
adjective
3.
(informal) excellent or first-rate
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