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or whizbang, whizz-bang

[noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz-] /noun ˈʰwɪzˌbæŋ, ˈwɪz-; adjective ˈʰwɪzˈbæŋ, ˈwɪz-/
Military. a small, high-speed shell whose sound as it flies through the air arrives almost at the same instant as its explosion.
a firecracker with a similar effect.
Informal. whiz1 (def 5).
Informal. first-rate; topnotch:
a whiz-bang navigator.
Origin of whiz-bang
First recorded in 1910-15; orig. imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

    Into the Jaws of Death

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

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Well, over the top we went and we got to the place he had pointed out; we had barely lain down in a shell hole when whiz-bang!

    Into the Jaws of Death

    Jack O'Brien
  • We had almost reached the front lines when one of our officers got hit in the face by a piece of "whiz-bang."

    Into the Jaws of Death

    Jack O'Brien
  • It covered us with dirt, and we had hardly gotten the dust out of our eyes when whiz-bang!

    Into the Jaws of Death

    Jack O'Brien

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