prang

[prang]
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verb (used with object) British Slang.
  1. to collide with; bump into.
  2. to destroy or severely damage by a bombing raid; bomb (an enemy target).
  3. to destroy or shoot down (an enemy aircraft).

Origin of prang

First recorded in 1930–35; imitative
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Examples from the Web for prang

Historical Examples of prang

  • "Well, there's Prang's article," he said in his business voice.

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  • Besides, there was an alluring glow about Mr. Prang's way of writing.

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  • Amory was getting rather tired of hearing about that thing of Prang's.

    A Crooked Mile

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  • "Well, about that thing of Prang's," said Mr. Strong when he could eat no more.

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  • And he enumerated a variety of articles they had in hand, including Mr. Prang's.

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British Dictionary definitions for prang

prang

noun
  1. an accident or crash in an aircraft, car, etc
  2. an aircraft bombing raid
  3. an achievement
verb
  1. to crash or damage (an aircraft, car, etc)
  2. to damage (a town, etc) by bombing

Word Origin for prang

C20: possibly imitative of an explosion; perhaps related to Malay perang war, fighting
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