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prang

[prang]
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verb (used with object) British Slang.
  1. to collide with; bump into.
  2. to destroy or severely damage by a bombing raid; bomb (an enemy target).
  3. to destroy or shoot down (an enemy aircraft).

Origin of prang

First recorded in 1930–35; imitative
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Historical Examples

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

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  • I agree that it was at its best when Prang was doing the Indian notes.

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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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  • "Well, I'm sure that's not Mr. Prang's fault," Amory retorted.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for prang

prang

noun
  1. an accident or crash in an aircraft, car, etc
  2. an aircraft bombing raid
  3. an achievement
verb
  1. to crash or damage (an aircraft, car, etc)
  2. to damage (a town, etc) by bombing

Word Origin

C20: possibly imitative of an explosion; perhaps related to Malay perang war, fighting
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