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[prang] /præŋ/
verb (used with object), British Slang.
to collide with; bump into.
to destroy or severely damage by a bombing raid; bomb (an enemy target).
to destroy or shoot down (an enemy aircraft).
Origin of prang
First recorded in 1930-35; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Oh, Mr. Wilkinson will take you, or Mr. prang; but are you sure you won't stay?

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  • "I know you don't like Mr. prang," she said, looking fixedly at the asbestos log.

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  • More, he had cared so much that it had quite distorted his judgment of Mr. prang.

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  • "Well, there's prang's article," he said in his business voice.

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  • I admit prang states a case as well as it could be stated; the question is whether it's quite the case we want stated.

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  • And he enumerated a variety of articles they had in hand, including Mr. prang's.

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  • Perhaps, if it came to the next worst, he was prepared to accept the foisting of prang upon him and to take his chance.

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  • "Well, about that thing of prang's," said Mr. Strong when he could eat no more.

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  • Edgar was talking in low tones to Cosimo, and Amory thought she heard the name of Mr. prang.

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  • Amory was getting rather tired of hearing about that thing of prang's.

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British Dictionary definitions for prang


an accident or crash in an aircraft, car, etc
an aircraft bombing raid
an achievement
to crash or damage (an aircraft, car, etc)
to damage (a town, etc) by bombing
Word Origin
C20: possibly imitative of an explosion; perhaps related to Malay perang war, fighting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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