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whiz-bang

or whiz·bang, whizz-bang

[noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz-]
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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).
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adjective
  1. Informal. first-rate; topnotch: a whiz-bang navigator.
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Origin of whiz-bang

First recorded in 1910–15; orig. imitative
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for whiz-bang

Historical Examples

  • Just as the order reached us along came a whiz-bang and burst.

    The Glory of The Coming

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Suddenly—“whiz-bang, whiz-bang” right at the door of the dugout.

    With the Ulster Division in France

    Arthur Purefoy Irwin Samuels

  • "Yes, up went my little 'and like a whiz-bang," announced Bindle.

    Adventures of Bindle

    Herbert George Jenkins

  • It would have taken a "whiz-bang" to catch up to me that day.

  • The "whiz-bang" starts with a rough whirr like a flushing cock partridge, and goes off on contact with a tremendous bang.