Definition of prang in English:



  • 1Crash (a motor vehicle or aircraft)

    ‘Ernie pranged his sports car last month’
    • ‘I counted the number of times I was pranged, bumped or rear-shunted (four).’
    • ‘He will have fled the scene (assuming his truck even stopped after pranging you), and the truck company's insurance may or may not cover you, but in any case could take months to sort out.’
    • ‘His nadir came in the shape of a double-bogey at the par - 5 seventh where he pranged one into the rough, another behind the green and, all the while, swished his club about in ill-disguised anger.’
    • ‘Just days later, the star pranged his brand new £117,000 Lamborghini sports car on Redbridge roundabout in Southampton, wedging it under the tow-bar of a Volkswagen Golf in slow-moving traffic.’
    • ‘As I was walking down from the carpark, a little old lady pranged her silver Peugot into the wall at the exit.’
    • ‘In 2001 I pranged my beloved, very cool 1970s BMW.’
    • ‘So the next time you prang your car, check the calendar.’
    • ‘They were, after all, responsible for not one but two of his family cars being pranged in the same bizarre accident three years ago.’
    • ‘With no little panache, he swivelled outside the penalty area to prang a dipping shot beyond the goalkeeper, his first goal for Scotland and the first he has managed with his right foot since turning professional.’
    • ‘And when he finally does come pranging in from behind, I don't want my kids to be one of the first things he hits.’
    • ‘In the midst of what was an unsightly melee, the loose ball asked for any takers, and Flo was first to stick out a leg and prang it in off the underside of the crossbar.’
    • ‘They prang their aircraft on the summit of that, however, and all die through lack of oxygen.’
    • ‘I barely got unstrapped, turned off the rotor brake, and turned the head in time to prevent the truck from pranging the tip cap on a main-rotor blade.’
    • ‘I decline, fearful of pranging his radio telescope observatory.’
    • ‘The shocked motorist rubbed her eyes in disbelief when she pranged her car.’
    demolish, crash, smash, smash up, ruin, damage, damage beyond repair, destroy, break up, dismantle, vandalize, deface, desecrate, sabotage, leave in ruins
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    1. 1.1dated Bomb (a target) successfully from the air.


  • 1A crash involving a motor vehicle or aircraft.

    ‘he had numerous prangs and near misses in his motoring life’
    • ‘I'm sure he'd much rather ding his bell a few times than have a prang and have to fill in a bunch of paperwork.’
    • ‘While there have been no serious accidents on the Island, there have been some near misses and some minor prangs.’
    • ‘A former driving school car is also easily spotted by the poor panel gaps and resprayed bodywork that come from the numerous minor prangs of learner drivers.’
    • ‘But I shook off the prang and put an indifferent look on my face, sliding him a glance.’
    • ‘Thank God I haven't been in any major scrapes but I do tend to get to collect dents and scratches from minor prangs.’
    • ‘The situation is just an accident waiting to happen and there are already frequent prangs and bumps around the junction.’
    • ‘The prang in question is rear-ending - accounting for a quarter of all accidents - and caused predominantly by pure lack of attention, which is reckoned to be the cause of a half of all road accidents.’
    • ‘That the crew managed to recover and surface the boat after a head-on prang at 500 ft and 33 knots is miraculous.’
    • ‘She is said to drive a Bentley, and it is reported this week that her entrepreneurial drive is unabated by her recent prang.’
    • ‘The down side of motorcycles has always been the high level of accidents and the nasty injuries that even the slightest prang or bump can trigger.’
    • ‘They were slippery when wet and gave us problems for a while - and there were several prangs due to running off the mat into the sand, resulting in nose up or ground loop.’
    • ‘A four-vehicle prang on the A36 at Warminster on Saturday morning marked the start of the review period in the worst possible fashion.’
    • ‘These type of prangs have dropped though as the cops around the countries fill in the gaps between the revenue raisers.’
    • ‘The scar on the left side of his forehead, previously dismissed as coming from a car prang, was actually from the crash that killed his father and two friends on a visit to Africa.’
    • ‘He and I, in the two years we've known each other in the racing circuit, have never experienced a prang.’
    • ‘She said: ‘When I spoke to John on the phone I thought they had just bumped cars and it was a small prang.’’
    • ‘Since then, I have driven many hundreds of thousands of miles, in dozens of countries, and never yet had a prang.’
    • ‘So as the powers that be cannot control drivers who fall asleep, drivers who fail to give way, drivers who drink, drivers who have prangs at intersections, or the sad state of our roads, they have announced a new idea.’
    • ‘The construction manager has just had his 127th prang after driving into a pothole, reported the newspaper.’
    • ‘Other than a couple of minor prangs, all the riders made it back in, from the winning time of 1 hour 31 minutes and 20 seconds to the last time of three hours and 5 minutes.’
    crash, accident, smash, bump, knock, impact, hit, strike, clash
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    1. 1.1dated A bombing raid.
      ‘tell him about your wizard prangs in the war’


1940s: imitative.