or whiz·bang, whizz-bang
[ noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz- ]
/ noun ˈʰwɪzˌbæŋ, ˈwɪz-; adjective ˈʰwɪzˈbæŋ, ˈwɪz- /
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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.
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Origin of whiz-bang
First recorded in 1910–15; imitative of the sound
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How to use whiz-bang in a sentence
Then, like the whizbang of a fire cracker, a thought struck him.Red Dynamite|Roy J. Snell
Come and be experimented on by Sergt.-Major Whizbang, the great military spellbinder.