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a small-calibre World War I shell that, when discharged, travelled at such a high velocity that the sound of its flight was heard only an instant, if at all, before the sound of its explosion
a type of firework that jumps around emitting a whizzing sound and occasional bangs
informal excellent or first-rate
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How to use whizz-bang in a sentence
The worst of all is the whizz-bang, because it doesn't give you a chance—it pounces and is on you the same moment that it bangs.Carry On|Coningsby Dawson
They had not gone seventy yards before a "whizz-bang" burst a few yards North of the road hitting a Stretcher Bearer.The Fifth Leicestershire|J.D. Hills
With the whizz-bang there is no hope, for there is no warning; the sound and the shell arrive almost simultaneously.The Secret Battle|A. P. Herbert
Even a little "whizz-bang" would go through them as though they were egg-shells.The Emma Gees|Herbert Wes McBride
The Colonel had had his leg smashed by a whizz-bang when leading his troops into action.The Glory of the Trenches|Coningsby Dawson