Significantly, Ruthie was also a whiz at math—a subject in which Bernie was notably deficient.
Young was gassed while on duty at a gas cylinder, and I got a touch of shrapnel from a whiz bang.
They had not gone many hundred yards before I heard the whiz of a bullet.
It was not until she had vanished with a whirr and a whiz that Jimsy thought of starting his own car.
You should have heard me whiz, and seen the electric fur fly!
"Year—ago—killed—two—men—here," he shouts as we whiz over the road.
Instead, the young folks pile into the second-hand Ford and whiz off to town.
Therewith, and without giving the Fiddler time to speak a word, Ill-Luck caught him up by the belt, and—whiz!
The smell of gunpowder, the whiz of bullets, had lost their power to quicken the pulse.
We had not gained more than a hundred yards when the whiz of an arrow met our ears.
"clever person," 1914, probably a special use of whiz "something remarkable" (1908), an extended sense of whizz; or perhaps a shortened form of wizard. Noun phrase whiz kid is from 1930s, a take-off on a radio show's quiz kid.
A very successful performer; an outstanding expert; humdinger: the town's most promising high school football whiz/ a whiz at exterior (as opposed to psychological) characterization
[1914+; perhaps a shortened form of wizard]
: I just came down for a whizz (1971+)
To urinate; piss: exactly twenty-five minutes after whizzing in his pants for the last time/ I gotta whiz. Will you just cover me at the register for a minute? (1929+)
[perhaps echoic; perhaps related to late 1800s British hold your whiz, ''be quiet, shut up,'' similar to hold your water]
To pick pockets
[1925+ Underworld; apparently fr the whizzing speed with which an expert pickpocket works]