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bang / bang/ • n. 1. a sudden loud noise: the door slammed with a bang. ∎  a sharp blow causing such a loud noise: I went to answer a bang on the front door. ∎  a sudden painful blow: a nasty bang on the head. 2. (bangs) a fringe of hair cut straight across the forehead: she brushed back her wispy bangs. 3. vulgar slang an act of sexual intercourse. 4. Comput. the character “!” • v. [tr.] strike or put down (something) forcefully and noisily, typically in anger or in order to attract attention: he began to bang the table with his fist. ∎  come into contact with (something) suddenly and sharply, typically by accident: I banged my head on the low beams. ∎  [intr.] make a sudden loud noise, typically repeatedly: the shutter was banging in the wind. ∎  (of a door) open or close violently and noisily: he banged the kitchen door shut behind him. ∎  [intr.] (of a person) move around or do something noisily, esp. as an indication of anger or irritation: she was banging around the kitchen. ∎  [tr.] (of a sports player) hit (a ball or a shot) forcefully and successfully: in his second start he banged out two hits. ∎ vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman). • interj. 1. used to express or imitate the sound of a sudden loud noise: firecrackers went bang. 2. used to convey the suddenness of an action or process: the minute something becomes obsolete, bang, it's gone. PHRASES: bang for one's (or the) buck inf. value for money; performance for cost: this cross between a sports car and a family sedan gave a lot of bang for the buck. get a bang out of inf. derive excitement or pleasure from: some people get a bang out of reading that stuff. go (off) with a bang go successfully: the occasion went with a bang. with a bang 1. abruptly: the remark brought me down to earth with a bang. 2. impressively or spectacularly: the day starts with a bang—the steep climb to the mountain top. PHRASAL VERBS: bang something out inf. 1. play music noisily, enthusiastically, and typically unskillfully: Dad was annihilating a Beethoven sonata, banging out notes. 2. produce hurriedly or in great quantities: they weren't banging out ads in my day the way they are now. bang someone/something up inf. damage or injure someone or something: he banged up his knee. bang2 • n. variant spelling of bhang.

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bang bang for one's buck an informal US expression meaning value for money; the phrase was notably used in 1954 as a slogan for the defence policy advocated by the American industrialist Charles E. Wilson, ‘A bigger bang for a buck’.
bang goes sixpence ironic commentary on regretted expenditure, deriving from a cartoon in Punch of 5 December 1868, featuring a miserly Scotsman. The caption read: ‘a had na' been the-erre abune Twa Hoours when—Bang—went Saxpence!’

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bang, sb., vb. int. XIV. imit.; perh. immed. — Scand. (cf. ON. bang hammering, banga to hammer, knock).

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