Main definitions of bang on in English

: bang on1bang on2

bang on1

phrasal verb

British
informal
  • Talk at tedious length about (something)

    ‘the government banged on about competition and the free market’
    • ‘So why on earth am I banging on about all this in January, when the contest isn't even taking place until May 22?’
    • ‘Off he toddles in his kilt to the British Day he's been banging on about.’
    • ‘It's taken Jamie Oliver just four TV programmes to bring home the message Vivienne has been banging on about for 20 years.’
    • ‘‘I need to get on and write this book that I keep banging on about,’ she says.’
    • ‘The media's finally picking up on the petty and heavy-handed restrictions in place here in Athens that I've been banging on about since I arrived.’
    • ‘Her internal monologues, the bits where she bangs on about how good she is and how she wants to live a full rich life and see plays and make people better, are the book's weakest links.’
    • ‘She's got this Westlife fixation and she's forever banging on about how great they are and how much she loves them.’
    • ‘While we took in the gig, it was clear that the potential we heard on the brilliant demo CD we keep banging on about, is more than potential: it is nascent greatness.’
    • ‘If you ever happen to meet Brian Walsh, there's no point in banging on about that great documentary you saw on RTE last night.’
    • ‘This is what Tom Hunter bangs on about and I agree with him.’
    • ‘It's something I have been banging on about for years, and is now built into Typepad but hasn't taken off.’
    • ‘I DO wish Michael Wills would stop banging on about how much extra money his lords and masters have supposedly ploughed into Swindon.’
    • ‘Unlike Kyle, who is smarminess personified and constantly bangs on about how much of a perfect family man he is, US presenters will parade their wounds for applause.’
    • ‘Apologies to those who don't know what I'm banging on about.’
    • ‘Cut to Donald, his face a picture of bafflement, who clearly hadn't a clue what Nasty Alex was banging on about.’
    • ‘But, as I say, no point in banging on about that now.’
    • ‘Mind you, having said all this: sometimes, in all honesty, I haven't got the faintest idea what they're banging on about.’
    • ‘Indeed, he was much more savvy, allowing his music to soundtrack car adverts while still banging on about how evil cars are.’
    • ‘What Taylor-Wood is banging on about in her unspontaneous, artless, emotional way is that the tears may well be controlled, ambiguous or dishonest.’
    • ‘Currall bangs on about how you are always there for him, you have great dress sense and a great record collection, and that you hang out with the coolest people.’

Main definitions of bang on in English

: bang on1bang on2

bang on2

phrase

British
informal
  • Exactly right.

    ‘the programme is bang on about the fashion world’
    • ‘The mixture is fairly gelatinous in texture, but the calibration of sweet and sour elements is bang on.’
    • ‘It is quite a forgiving rod that lets you off when your timing isn't bang on.’
    • ‘He was bang on, too, in his observations about the entrepreneurial nature of Maori.’
    • ‘On some nights, it'll just be bang on, and all these people will come out.’
    • ‘We did read the URL that you supplied, and intuitively we knew that it was true and bang on when we read it.’
    • ‘We even got to point at David Blaine and laugh, so it was bang on, really.’
    • ‘When both coaches get their schemes bang on, then you look to an individual to come up with a piece of magic that nobody can plan against.’
    • ‘But the whole foxhunting/inner city poverty thing is pretty much bang on.’
    • ‘Once again the budget carrier's marketing department had got it bang on.’
    • ‘While some fans were distracted as police and stewards quickly dealt with it, City showed their concentration level was bang on.’
    • ‘The vocals were bang on, and the beat had people dancing to the bizarre electro-melody.’
    • ‘With no fresh injury problems to report, Bolton should be bang on for victory at the weekend.’
    • ‘It looks beautiful; what Roth says about attention to detail is bang on.’
    • ‘Having grown up in the '70s, I can cite a couple of films that capture the period bang on.’
    correct, precise, exact, right, errorless, error-free, without error, faultless, perfect, valid, specific, detailed, minute, explicit, clear-cut, word for word, unambiguous, meticulous, authoritative, reliable, canonical
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