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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. 2017.
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  • Then, like the whizbang of a fire cracker, a thought struck him.

    Red Dynamite Roy J. Snell
Word Origin and History for whizbang

1915, originally a soldier's name for a type of German artillery shell in World War I, so called by the Allied troops in reference to its characteristic sound.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for whizbang



: definitely has been a whiz-bang franchise-winning tool


  1. A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; beaut, humdinger: It's a whizbang of an idea (1915+)
  2. A very successful performer; an outstanding expert; whiz1: In time we'll all be varsity whizbangs/ The TV whiz-bangs were sweating through their pancake makeup (1915+)
  3. A mixture of cocaine and morphine; an injection of this mixture (1920s+ Narcotics)

[fr an intensification of whiz either due to or influenced by the echoic use of whizbang to designate an artillery shell in World War I]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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