or whiz·bang, whizz-bang
[noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz-]
- 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.
Origin of whiz-bang
First recorded in 1910–15; orig. imitative
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Examples from the Web for whizz-bang
For every "whizz-bang" we sent over he returned about a dozen 5.9's.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
I once saw five soldiers killed by one unlucky shot from a whizz-bang.Over Here
This was our first experience of the weapon, and the first experience of a whizz-bang is very disturbing.The Secret Battle
A. P. Herbert
Of the German shells—the field guns come with a great velocity—no warning—just whizz-bang; white smoke, nearly always air bursts.In Flanders Fields and Other Poems
- 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