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  1. noisy and violent.
  2. excitingly fast-paced, especially in a noisy and violent way; action-filled; thrilling: a slam-bang ending to the movie.
  3. vigorous and fast but careless; slapdash.
  4. outstanding or powerful; excellent: a slam-bang keynote address.
verb (used without object)
  1. to act or proceed in a chaotic or disorderly fashion: The children slam-banged into the furniture.

Origin of slam-bang

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
Related formsslam-bang·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of slam-bang

  • You takes your coat off and I takes off mine, and we goes at it, here and now, slam-bang.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • Honest, slam-bang, line play has never entered into their scheme of things.

    Pieces of Hate

    Heywood Broun

  • The door creaked and pushed off its hinges, falling with a slam-bang.

    "Say Fellows--"

    Wade C. Smith

  • Right under Uncle Wiggily they flew, and just as the sky-cracker was going to burst with a "slam-bang!"

  • Later, the C-bar-K boy admitted that the Alhambra whiskey was not so bad, and his slam-bang denunciation of it uncalled for.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for slam-bang


  1. another word (esp US) for slap-bang
  2. US informal carelessly; recklessly
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