or whiz·bang, whizz-bang
[noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for whiz-bang
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</p>
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