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whiz-bang

or whiz·bang, whizz-bang

[noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz-]
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noun
  1. Military. a small, high-speed shell whose sound as it flies through the air arrives almost at the same instant as its explosion.
  2. a firecracker with a similar effect.
  3. Informal. whiz1(def 5).
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adjective
  1. Informal. first-rate; topnotch: a whiz-bang navigator.
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Origin of whiz-bang

First recorded in 1910–15; orig. imitative
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Historical Examples

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

    Red Dynamite

    Roy J. Snell


Word Origin and History for whizbang

n.

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.

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