bang into

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bang into

  1. Crash noisily into, collide with, as in A clumsy fellow, Bill was always banging into furniture. [Early 1700s]

  2. Strike heavily so as to drive in; also, persuade. For example, I've been banging nails into the siding all day, or I can't seem to bang it into his head that time is precious. The literal usage dates from the mid-1500s, the figurative from the second half of the 1800s. Also see bump into.

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