[ bang ]
/ bæŋ /
a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun.
a resounding stroke or blow: a nasty bang on the head.
Informal. a sudden movement or show of energy: He started with a bang.
energy; vitality; spirit: The bang has gone out of my work.
Informal. sudden or intense pleasure; thrill; excitement: a big bang out of seeing movies.
Slang: Vulgar. sexual intercourse.
Printing and Computer Slang. an exclamation point.
verb (used with object)
to strike or beat resoundingly; pound: to bang a door.
to hit or bump painfully: to bang one's ankle on a chair leg.
to throw or set down roughly; slam: He banged the plates on the table.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
verb (used without object)
to strike violently or noisily: to bang on the door.
to make a loud, sudden, explosive noise like that of a violent blow: The guns banged all night.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.
suddenly and loudly; abruptly or violently: She fell bang against the wall.
directly; precisely; right: He stood bang in the middle of the flower bed.
bang into, to collide with; bump into: The truck skidded on the ice and banged into a parked car.
bang up, to damage: A passing car banged up our fender.
bang off, Chiefly British Slang. immediately; right away.
bang on, Chiefly British Slang. terrific; marvelous; just right: That hat is absolutely bang on.
Origin of bang1
1540–50; 1930–35 for def 5; compare Old Norse banga to beat, hammer, Low German bangen to strike, beat, German dialect banken; perhaps orig. imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for bang on (1 of 4)
adjective, adverb British informal
with absolute accuracy
excellent or excellently
Also (US): bang up
British Dictionary definitions for bang on (2 of 4)
/ (bæŋ) /
a short loud explosive noise, as of the bursting of a balloon or the report of a gun
a hard blow or knock, esp a noisy one; thumphe gave the ball a bang
informal a startling or sudden effecthe realized with a bang that he was late
slang an injection of heroin or other narcotic
taboo, slang an act of sexual intercourse
get a bang out of US and Canadian slang to experience a thrill or excitement from
with a bang successfullythe party went with a bang
to hit or knock, esp with a loud noise; bumpto bang one's head
to move noisily or clumsilyto bang about the house
to close (a door, window, etc) or (of a door, etc) be closed noisily; slam
(tr) to cause to move by hitting vigorouslyhe banged the ball over the fence
to make or cause to make a loud noise, as of an explosion
- to cause (stock prices) to fall by rapid selling
- to sell rapidly in (a stock market), thus causing prices to fall
taboo, slang to have sexual intercourse with
(intr) slang to inject heroin, etc
bang for one's buck informal value for moneythis option offers more bang for your buck
bang goes informal that is the end ofbang goes my job in Wapping
bang one's head against a brick wall to try to achieve something impossible
with a sudden impact or effectbang went his hopes of winning; the car drove bang into a lamp-post
preciselybang in the middle of the road
bang to rights slang caught red-handed
go bang to burst, shut, etc, with a loud noiseSee also bang up
Word Origin for bang
C16: from Old Norse bang, banga hammer; related to Low German bangen to beat; all of imitative origin
British Dictionary definitions for bang on (3 of 4)
/ (bæŋ) /
a fringe or section of hair cut straight across the forehead
to cut (the hair) in such a style
to dock (the tail of a horse, etc)
Word Origin for bang
C19: probably short for bangtail short tail
British Dictionary definitions for bang on (4 of 4)
/ (bæŋ) /
a variant spelling of bhang
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Medicine definitions for bang on
Bernhard Lauritz Frederik 1848-1932
[ băng, bäng ]
Danish veterinarian who discovered Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis in cattle and of undulant fever in humans.
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Idioms and Phrases with bang on
In addition to the idioms beginning with bang
- bang away
- bang for the buck
- bang into
- bang one's head against
- bang out
- bang up
- beat (bang) one's head against the wall
- get a bang out of
- go over big (with a bang)
- more bang for the buck
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