bang away

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bang away

  1. Strike repeatedly, as in Mary is always banging away on the piano, or The doorbell must be broken; see who is banging away at the door. [First half of 1800s] Also see bang out.

  2. Go ahead; begin or continue. This slangy imperative usually calls merely for energetic action, as in You can start without mebang away. Also see go to (it), def. 3.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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