whizzbang

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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whizzbang

noun
1. a small high-velocity shell; it makes a whizzing sound followed by a bang when it hits [syn: whizbang
2. a firecracker that (like the whizbang shell) makes a whizzing sound followed by a loud explosion [syn: whizbang
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