Main definitions of bang in English

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  • 1A sudden loud noise.

    ‘the door slammed with a bang’
    ‘I heard a series of loud bangs’
    • ‘So if you hear loud crashes and bangs while walking past the Grammar, don't worry, it's only a couple of robots having a fight.’
    • ‘Evacuating the offices, they heard loud bangs and crashing noises in the loft above their office and raised the alarm.’
    • ‘A loud bang sounded, almost like a crack of thunder, but there was no pain, only blackness.’
    • ‘With a loud bang, she slammed into the wall at the bottom of the stairway.’
    • ‘The late-nights thuds and bangs have made it loud and clear - it's firework time again.’
    • ‘Should we be entertaining ourselves with loud bangs and explosions?’
    • ‘A loud bang occurred when he slammed onto the hard, solid ground on his back.’
    • ‘People should also be aware that the elderly can be very frightened by loud bangs and also animals.’
    • ‘Hazel Stewart, 50, a teacher in the village, said locals were woken yesterday morning by a loud bang as the car smashed into the pub.’
    • ‘Police were called to the scene after a neighbour reported hearing a loud bang.’
    • ‘Pets are on tranquillisers and I have seen some horrible images of damage done to other animals frightened by loud bangs.’
    • ‘The station was flooded with complaints reporting of loud bangs from Sunset Beach to Tarcoola Beach.’
    • ‘The driver reported hearing a loud bang near the front of the vehicle and stopped to investigate, said Ernst.’
    • ‘Not so long ago, such loud, booming bangs would have sent shivers down the spines of many.’
    • ‘A loud bang accompanied with boisterous laughter startled her out from her thoughts and she groaned to herself.’
    • ‘Locals reported hearing two loud bangs before the main explosion.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, a loud bang erupted from behind him followed by a shriek of pain.’
    • ‘Whether the display is at 2pm or 2am is immaterial to animals, most of whom are terrorised by the sudden and loud bangs.’
    • ‘A cabin crew member also later reported hearing a loud bang from the ceiling of the aircraft just before the vibrations began.’
    sharp noise, crack, boom, clang, peal, clap, pop, snap, knock, tap, slam, bump, thud, thump, clunk, clonk, clash, crash, smash, smack
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    1. 1.1A sharp blow causing a sudden loud noise.
      ‘I went to answer a bang on the front door’
      • ‘Neighbours said they were woken by loud bangs and crashes.’
      • ‘His deep laugh mingled with the splashing of the water as a bang on the wall indicated Paul Hutchinson's annoyance.’
      • ‘At exactly 1pm, when the ship was about a mile off Beadnell Point, there was a small bang, followed by a colossal explosion which blew off the bow.’
      • ‘When it came within a metre of the canoe, Henri gave it a hard bang on the snout with his paddle.’
      • ‘Many of the wrecks around our coasts are either mine or torpedo victims, and either way there is a colossal bang, the ship gets a big chunk blown out of it and the rest lands in a heap nearby.’
      • ‘Cushioned to protect your computer from bangs and bruises, the bags have reinforced straps and expandable openings.’
      • ‘There was no vehicle parked outside, there was no bang on the door and no card through the letter box.’
      • ‘A large bang upon the large double doors nearly took Alex out of his train of thought.’
      • ‘Instead he lied and told them that he had heard a bang on the floor, and it was not until many hours after the accident that he told police the truth.’
      • ‘He turned and punched the nearest wall with a resounding bang.’
      • ‘‘My computer's broken,’ James said, rapping his knuckles on the machine and issuing a dull bang.’
      • ‘Suddenly a bang on the door was heard; Emilee and Lilly shot their glances onto the door, but it was only a bat.’
      • ‘Then his team romped around Cambridge in a pair of Humvees to tune the system so that it wasn't fooled by normal urban bangs and jolts.’
      • ‘The house did not suffer any structural damage but when the lightning hit the house there was an enormous bang, the fuses blew and the power went.’
      • ‘More instructive was watching how quickly the experienced NCOs jumped and ran at any bangs from the drive bells.’
      • ‘All of this would have taken a few seconds when suddenly there was a bang and the car jolted.’
      • ‘Just as we began playing there was a loud bang on the front door.’
    2. 1.2A sudden painful blow.
      ‘a nasty bang on the head’
      • ‘My parents were actually worried about me playing rugby because of the old bang on the head.’
      • ‘Then Chris got a bang on the head and said he would feel better if I kept on kicking anyway.’
      • ‘But, despite losing their playmaker, Mark Toohey, after only three minutes of the game with a bang on the head, the Bulldogs made their Super League opponents fight all the way.’
      • ‘I took a slight bang on the elbow, but the shoulder is absolutely fine - there was no reaction.’
      • ‘The wing-back suffered a bang on the hip in training and while he would probably have been fit to face his former club he now has more time to recover.’
      • ‘John Hayden was hurt and Thomas Walsh got a bang on the cheekbone, which looks like a fracture.’
      • ‘Whether it was because of the blow or the resulting bang against the column, Suzanne didn't know.’
      • ‘But I never realised he was, well, you know, I just thought he'd had a bang on the head.’
      • ‘The wife was shutting the garage door tonight and I didn't get out of the way quick enough, so I got a bang on the head.’
      • ‘Rugby is the all-time leader in biffs and bangs and broken bones, but you don't often die.’
      • ‘Young Andrew Wilson, until a bang on the head necessitated his withdrawal, again played very well.’
      • ‘She said Mr Cawthraw had been perfectly healthy until he had a bang on his head at work last November and passed out.’
      • ‘Defender Matt Hocking is also not expected to travel to Keele after taking a bang on the head just minutes into last night's second half.’
      • ‘He took a bang on his head as he landed and someone must have told him he was Lev Yashin as the keeper got better.’
      • ‘His partner Agustin Pichot also took a bang on the head but it will hardly be revealed that he has concussion.’
      • ‘She was shunted from the rear on her way to the flag and had a nasty bang into the bank just before the finish line.’
      blow, hit, punch, knock, thump, rap, bump, thwack, smack, crack, slap, welt, cuff, box
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  • 2North American A fringe of hair cut straight across the forehead.

    ‘she brushed back her wispy bangs’
    • ‘I stared into his deep blue eyes, a few bangs of chestnut hair tumbled down his forehead.’
    • ‘The mage hid his face with the bangs of his midnight hair.’
    • ‘A lecherous smile played on his lips and his hair was set loose, dark bangs falling over his forehead.’
    • ‘Her striking sapphire eyes looked violet, framed by her straight bangs and perfectly arched eyebrows.’
    • ‘One day she would have blonde straight long hair and bangs and blue eyes, the next black curly hair and brown eyes.’
    • ‘I came up again to float on my back, short hair fanning around me, bangs plastered to my forehead.’
    • ‘After brushing her hair and letting her bangs fall over her forehead, Jewel went into the kitchen of her apartment.’
    • ‘Madison had silky black hair, half up and with bangs to cover her forehead.’
    • ‘This face had chocolate brown hair with bangs almost in his dark blue eyes, which were framed with large round glasses.’
    • ‘She had drawn a girl with long bangs and her hair pulled back in a ponytail.’
    • ‘A cold sweat moistened his red hair and his bangs were plastered to his forehead.’
    • ‘She had a dark and straight hair, with bangs falling over her purple eyes.’
    • ‘In the month and a half since they stopped speaking, the vice president had cut his hair, shaggy with bangs and he looked more like a boy.’
    • ‘The long bangs of her dark hair fell in front of her face.’
    • ‘She had blond hair with bangs falling into her baby blue eyes.’
    • ‘Her black hair had crooked bangs as if she'd cut it herself.’
    • ‘His jet-black hair was slightly longer than most guys kept their hair; his bangs fell forward in spikes at his forehead.’
    • ‘A person with brown hair and long bangs was the only one who stopped his track and turned around.’
    • ‘A twelve-year-old boy with dark hair and long bangs hung around the wood-burning stove.’
    • ‘Her usual curly hair was pulled up in a French roll with bangs falling over the forehead.’
  • 3vulgar slang An act of sexual intercourse.

  • 4North American Computing
    The character “!”


  • 1Strike 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’
    ‘Sarah banged the phone down’
    [no object] ‘someone was banging on the door’
    • ‘At this point I began banging my head on the table, so I turned the TV off.’
    • ‘He returned, and began to noisily bang his spoon on the table to distract Al-Allaf, who ignored him and continued to read out loud.’
    • ‘Chris walked lightly to my closet doorway and began banging his head on the frame lightly.’
    • ‘I began to bang my head on the table in front of me.’
    • ‘When he gets to me, he removes the person sitting opposite, flips down a tiny wall table, and bangs his elbow on it, hand open.’
    • ‘The other two burst out laughing, banging the table top with their paws.’
    • ‘I begin banging my head against the table top, rattling the plates and cutlery.’
    • ‘He looked around quickly and desperately began banging his head against the nearest wall.’
    • ‘The fork shivered angrily and then slid across the table, banging Sven's glass.’
    • ‘The mess table shook as Seahorse banged his forehead on it.’
    • ‘She began banging things around as she cooked the fish, and in the process of being spiteful and noisy, splashed herself with hot grease.’
    • ‘He promptly stood in front of it and began banging his head upon the curved surface.’
    • ‘And in the front, a group of students are having a rap contest as they make their beats by banging on the table.’
    • ‘The neighbors downstairs banged on the ceiling and so then I began banging my head against the wall.’
    • ‘From the very first scene, when those little orphan girls begin banging their buckets on the ground in unison singing It's a Hard Knock Life, they had me.’
    • ‘I put my head on the table and began to rhythmically bang it.’
    • ‘Jas got bored and began banging his heels against the chair legs.’
    • ‘Simon started cracking up again, banging his hand dramatically on the table as he held his stomach.’
    • ‘He could hear Chela talking in the other room and began loudly banging the book on the table beside the laptop.’
    • ‘She turned around and began banging her forehead against the wall.’
    hit, strike, beat, thump, hammer, knock, rap, pound, thud, punch, bump, thwack, smack, crack, slap, slam, welt, cuff, pummel, buffet
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    1. 1.1Come into contact with (something) suddenly and sharply, typically by accident.
      ‘I banged my head on the low beams’
      [no object] ‘she banged into some shelves in the darkness’
      • ‘You know that red mist thing where you find yourself punching some inoffensive article of furniture for no better reason than that you have just banged into it?’
      • ‘He seemed to return her bitterness as he sharply walked past, banging into my shoulder on his way.’
      • ‘The next thing I know I have banged into the ref and he has gone down.’
      • ‘Crystal pleaded as the cat darted down the alleyway banging into trash cans and making all kinds of noise as it went.’
      • ‘As she raised her free hand, Ian, sensing a slap, flinched away and banged his head hard into the corner of a shelf.’
      • ‘Her head banged sharply against the underside of the desk.’
      • ‘I assumed […] that the noise we heard was my car banging into one of the pillars of the house.’
      • ‘Her head came up so quickly that she banged it on the shelf above her.’
      • ‘And people just don't stop: everywhere you go they are banging into you.’
      • ‘Then there was the personal injury claim from a man who jumped from his bed when he heard his car being hit and banged his head on a shelf.’
      • ‘I go to Hreod Parkway normally but I was worried that people might bang into my back.’
      • ‘Things in the room were starting to crash and bang into each other, making a mighty ruckus.’
      • ‘He holds a mic to his lips to emit a noise that is a cross between a mosquito dazedly banging into a porch light and a junior high video class sound effect of a crashing UFO.’
      • ‘Standing up quickly, she banged her head against the top shelf in the cupboard and cursed.’
      • ‘On a regular basis, she would slam him into a wall or table, often banging his head into the wall.’
      • ‘The worst part of that crash was likely the people banging into each other.’
      • ‘They were banging into elbows and not apologizing or anything.’
      • ‘One man nearly crashed his car and another banged into a lamppost.’
      • ‘He tried to stand up and banged his head rather painfully on a shelf sticking out of the wall.’
      • ‘I bolted upright and banged my head on the shelf in the closet.’
    2. 1.2[no object]Make a sudden loud noise, typically repeatedly.
      ‘the shutter was banging in the wind’
      • ‘I heard shutters banging and people wailing and babies crying and dog barking.’
      • ‘He floored it and we sped off with the engine roaring, banging and clattering like a class of five year olds in the school music room.’
      • ‘But those who make a living from the sea know that tides don't merely ebb and flow, they crash and bang.’
      • ‘Two loud, sharp knocks banged at the black doors guarding the entrance to the Calestia Dela.’
      • ‘Noise banged through the high-ceilinged, uncarpeted room, matching the din inside her skull.’
      • ‘A window lay open, revealing a steel-grey sky beyond the wooden shutters, banging as the wind whistled furiously outside.’
      • ‘People were throwing up on the lawn as loud music banged through the walls.’
      • ‘However the wind outside was making it bang too much so I locked it, and later when the cat wanted to go outside he meowed for me to open it for him.’
      • ‘The family was asleep while the storm crashed and banged - Gnat decided she wouldn't sleep today.’
      • ‘The boxes shook, banged, and shuddered, yet they stayed closed.’
      • ‘Her boots banged louder and harder and with each step she screamed to herself the words she had been thinking for four days but never uttered.’
      • ‘It rang like a huge gong banging relentlessly into the silence.’
      explode, crack, go off with a bang, detonate, burst, blow up
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    3. 1.3(with reference to a door) open or close violently and noisily.
      [with object and complement] ‘he banged the kitchen door shut behind him’
      [no object, with complement] ‘the door banged open and a man staggered out’
      • ‘She said she heard doors banging and loud music on the night of the attack.’
      • ‘She then went straight to Lily's house and banged open the door.’
      • ‘Another hour later, the screen door banged open with a small clatter.’
      • ‘But Karen was already gone, laughter trailing behind her, webbing the screen door as it banged open and shut.’
      • ‘We suffered a similar situation for six years during which time we had to put up with loud music, doors banging at all hours and verbal abuse.’
      • ‘Just then the front door banged open and I jumped as a man ran into the room.’
      • ‘She banged open the door of her locker, and put on her armour with a speed born of practice.’
      • ‘The kitchen door banged open behind us and voice drifted out’
      • ‘He got about two steps towards the doors before they banged open and the room was blinded with light.’
      • ‘Suddenly the doors banged open and I looked up to see three dark men.’
      • ‘They also don't stay up all night playing rather loud music, and banging all the house doors.’
      • ‘She heard the whoosh of a flushing toilet, and one of the stall doors banged open to reveal a girl with bronze skin and curly dark hair.’
      • ‘Beneath him, heavy footsteps raced from room to room, and doors banged open.’
      • ‘He was in such a rush to get in and out of the sight of passers by that he banged open the door with a resounding crash.’
      • ‘She banged open the door to find them all huddled together in a large group, lounging on the floor, obviously discussing something.’
      • ‘Iroka awoke with a start as the front door banged open and a figure stumbled in.’
      • ‘When the door had banged open so suddenly, she had been startled enough to let out a yelp loud enough for anyone in the house to hear.’
      • ‘The front door banged open and soon, Joel was at my side.’
      • ‘Then the back door had banged open and Sonny had followed the college boy out to his car, quick long strides crunching over gravel.’
      • ‘The car door closest to Tyler banged open and a tall girl of 17 stepped out from it.’
      go bang, crash, smash, thud
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    4. 1.4[no object](of a person) move around or do something noisily, especially as an indication of anger or irritation.
      ‘she was banging around the kitchen’
      • ‘But told the jury the noise problems had been real with loud music being played at night, doors being slammed and people banging around.’
      • ‘I use the dishes, banging around, making lots of noise.’
      • ‘The three women banged and clattered down the stairs and out the door.’
      • ‘I could hear Kathy banging around in the house and a moment later she came back into the lounge where I was standing, waiting.’
      • ‘As I walk downstairs, I can hear the sound of my mother banging around in the kitchen, muffled by something.’
      • ‘He started banging around in the kitchen, then he picked up his keys and went storming out.’
      • ‘I could hear Mom banging around downstairs, probably making something else.’
      • ‘Ian heard Linda banging around in the bedroom, and walked to the doorway.’
      • ‘It's like a whirlwind version of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but with more characters banging about and fewer insights into them.’
      • ‘Timur and Anikei banged out of the house as the narrative was winding down.’
    5. 1.5(of a sports player) hit (a ball or a shot) forcefully and successfully.
      ‘in his second start he banged out two hits’
      • ‘Extra time loomed after Kevin Sinfield banged over a late penalty but Warriors had one last throw of the dice and Tickle's timely one-pointer was enough.’
      • ‘Fast bowlers bang the ball in but nothing hits the splice of the bat, there are no edges, shoulders drop and there is an air of lethargy and helplessness in the movement of fielders.’
      • ‘Pock were unable to take advantage of their numerical superiority until Mitchell banged over a 40 yard penalty.’
      • ‘I was going on twenty-one years of age and just banging the balls around trying to cut in hard shots.’
      • ‘I thought I would turn and bang the ball because I had seen the keeper move a little bit towards the far post and leave a small gap at his near post.’
      • ‘And, in his first major league at-bat, he banged a single off veteran right-hander Hank Borowy.’
      • ‘The ball spun for the Ecuadorean and he banged in a fierce shot which the goalkeeper could only palm away.’
      • ‘By comparison, the three Eagles tries came off Bulldog mistakes while Eagles flyhalf Hugo van As banged over four penalties and a conversion.’
      • ‘One after another they banged the ball out of the infield, line-drives and whizzing grounders and almost all of them got on base.’
      • ‘He's just banged in ten goals from midfield and has come good at the right time.’
      • ‘If his team has banged in five, he's the most ecstatic fan on the park and doesn't mind who knows it.’
      • ‘It was clear from the moment he went on-loan to Bournemouth as a West Ham player, and banged in all those goals on the bounce, that this was a special talent.’
      • ‘Addingham were trying to spread play out wide but each time they lost possession, the ball was banged straight back down route one style.’
      • ‘Bagwell banged a career-high 47 homers that season, knocked in 132 runs and hit .310.’
      • ‘You either bang the hell out of the ball or you stand back and absorb it.’
      • ‘McBride singled in a run in the second, banging a ball off the glove of diving third baseman Ken Boyer to score Leon Wagner.’
      • ‘When you started your career as a first class cricketer in India, you were a lively fast medium bowler who loved banging the ball in short.’
      • ‘So he started the second half intent on spraying line drives all over the park and relying on his speed by banging balls into the ground.’
      • ‘They can try like crazy to bang the ball inside and have the guards try to drive through traffic, but it's of little use.’
      • ‘He ran superbly from full-back and banged over seven goals as Leigh secured their place against Salford in the Arriva Trains Cup final.’
    6. 1.6vulgar slang (typically used of a man) have sexual intercourse with.
  • 2North American Cut (hair) in a fringe.


  • 1Exactly.

    ‘bang in the middle of town’
    • ‘The holy grail for any magazine is hitting your target market bang on the nail.’
    • ‘One of the nuclear trains from our local power plant trundled past at quarter past eight, bang on time.’
    • ‘Slap bang in the middle of the box was a huge walnut.’
    • ‘Slap bang in the heart of Sligo Town, McGarrigles may not be here at the end of 2003, but they are still alive and kicking.’
    • ‘And, bang on cue, Barry strode on to stage dripping blood, sat down at the drums and started to play.’
    • ‘His satisfaction would have been boosted by the fact that his loud celebrations were taking place bang next door to Rotherham's M&S store.’
    • ‘Diva may be an overused word, but it's bang on the button here.’
    • ‘It's not just that they think Europe is bang next door to Afghanistan.’
    • ‘It's a 15-room guesthouse, bang on the waterfront and at the heart of all local goings-on.’
    • ‘We were collected at the college bang on 11.00 am and had a great drive up through the Lakes.’
    • ‘The bus leaves bang on time, and we roll along the freeways as the sun rises and adds a flush to the Rockies on our right.’
    • ‘While the boys struggled, the girls from Rosary Convent were bang on the target.’
    • ‘Slap bang in the centre of Vietnam is Hoi An, a charismatic old port bearing all the architectural hallmarks of its commercial heritage.’
    • ‘Even so, I woke up after only 45 minutes of the alarm going off and made it to my desk bang on 10.’
    • ‘We are also bang opposite the London Eye, and very close, but I forgot to take pictures of that.’
    • ‘Slap bang in the middle of the week commencing September 17, it's the Top Gear charity karting evening.’
    • ‘Not only is it bang next door to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, but it also boasts the country's highest ski run, at 4000 feet.’
    precisely, exactly, right, directly, immediately, squarely, just, dead
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    1. 1.1Completely.
      ‘bring your wardrobe bang up to date’
      • ‘I have to make sure that my material is bang up-to-date, which means scouring the web to check for new developments.’
      • ‘The aesthetic of the series is bang up-to-date, ultramodern stuff.’
      • ‘Romeo and Juliet's gear conveyed a bang up-to-the-minute approach to love-making while, in truth, it was a bit starchy.’
      • ‘Presented by Ian Wright, Spy TV brings the hidden-camera format bang up-to-date.’
      • ‘These are perhaps most obvious as we leave the prison, and walk past the site of what will become a bang up-to-date mother and baby facility, due to open next year.’
      • ‘House of Fraser had a bang up-to-date Phillips TV at £799.99, half the usual price.’
      • ‘The organisation was updated bang 21st century.’
      • ‘The drop in revenues between the fourth quarter and the first quarter of this year is bang in line with the trend of the past three years.’
      • ‘An example of a bang in the middle of town and bang up-to-date venue is The Hub, in Edinburgh.’
      • ‘We've focused on the rest, which we hope has some value: observations on Sun's integrator strategy and company history that are bang up to date.’
      • ‘She's bang up to now without kowtowing to fashion, and catches the zeitgeist in a completely individual way.’
      • ‘It also means the curriculum is bang up-to-date, with Merlin crews who took part in the conflict in Iraq feeding their observations and experiences back to the squadron.’
      • ‘Software is the bang up-to-date Office XP Small Business Edition and it's backed up by a one-year, collect-and-return warranty.’
      completely, absolutely, totally, entirely, wholly, fully, thoroughly, utterly, quite, altogether, one hundred per cent, downright, unqualifiedly, in all respects, unconditionally, perfectly, unrestrictedly, undisputedly, to the maximum extent
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  • 1Used to express or imitate the sound of a sudden loud noise.

    ‘firecrackers went bang’
    ‘Bang, Bang! You're dead’
    • ‘On November 5, we watched fireworks, but those we hear now are nothing like I remember; they are just bang, bang, bang!’
    • ‘I was staring mesmerized at the erratic pfft coming from the brown-paper cylinder when - bang!’
    • ‘I was casting out my spinner and next thing, bang!’
    • ‘It would be let loose from the top of the hill and we would all line up and let fire with our double barrels: bang!’
    • ‘Damn, 57 years loaded with ammo that was 61 years old and it went bang every time.’
    • ‘A few seconds passed, a few more - then, just as I took them away, bang!’
    • ‘One night I started twisting the dial, hoping that something would happen, and then - bang!’
    • ‘I put all my strength into hitting this wooden shield, and it was - bang!’
    • ‘Of course we have to do it - so we did - and the predictable result was the gun went bang every time.’
  • 2Used to convey the suddenness of an action or process.

    ‘the minute something becomes obsolete, bang, it's gone’
    • ‘You just need to know a good joke, or have the comical sense to see absurdity in daily life and… bang!’
    • ‘You want a piece of music - bang, you can download it.’
    • ‘And one particular day when I was particularly tired, she was talking, and my eyes closed, and the next thing was, bang!’
    • ‘The judge is on the marae, he does something that someone says is contrary to tikanga Maori, and, bang, the judge is up on a complaint.’
    • ‘Then, all of a sudden, bang, they're going as well.’
    • ‘Then, as I inched closer, it locked on - bang, got it!’
    • ‘And it just got progressively more and more and more, just keeping on adding to our jobs… and then one morning… bang!’
    • ‘All I'd have to do is read, memorize lines and, bang, people would love me.’
    • ‘Get blind drunk, snog, repeat the next week, repeat the next week, bang!’
    • ‘Just when you thought it was safe to never watch a Cavs game again, bang!’
    • ‘There was no consultation with New Zealand First, but through an agreement with United Future and the Greens - bang!’
    • ‘Sugar triggers the release of feel-good hormones into your brain - and, bang, you're fixed.’
    • ‘Willow and Tara reunite, have great sex and, bang, Tara's dead.’
    • ‘Just when you think that childhood diseases were nothing more than a fuzzy memory - bang, you develop shingles.’
    • ‘Here we are, smoothly bringing the tail down with the fluke adjusted to just the right angle of attack, when - bang!’
    • ‘I mean, he had me all built up there for awhile and then, bang!’
    • ‘So I started up Windows Media Player and, bang, the virus warnings started again, each time telling me the darn thing had been deleted.’
    • ‘Then, just as we are immersed in the realism we've conjured for ourselves, bang!’
    • ‘It happens once, twice, three times and you get so fed up you argue and, bang, you are arrested and it's a criminal record.’
    • ‘Even enjoying someone's company becomes loaded with expectation and social convention, fears that this will lead to that, and then, bang!’
    suddenly, abruptly, immediately, instantaneously, instantly, in an instant, straight away, all of a sudden, at once, all at once, promptly, in a trice, swiftly
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  • bang for one's (or the) buck

    • informal Value for money; performance for cost.

      ‘this cross between a sports car and a family sedan gave a lot of bang for the buck’
      • ‘Thanks to cutthroat competition and continued innovation in the tech industry, corporate buyers are finding that they can get more bang for their buck when they do decide to put their money to work.’
      • ‘So they might as well try to get a lot of bang for their buck and sell it while they can.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, we shouldn't be too harsh on our governments, which want to spend the taxpayers' money to, in this case, ensure less bang for their buck.’
      • ‘They spend more money, they're getting less bang for their buck and this is an opportunity for them to associate with the show on many levels.’
      • ‘To me, short films are the best value and most bang for your buck.’
      • ‘Yeah, so you don't actually get a lot of bang for your buck as far as jokes out of the time we spend together.’
      • ‘Given that films at the Bloomsbury Theatre only cost £2.50, I can certainly say I got a lot of bang for my buck.’
      • ‘There's a lot of bang for your buck with this disc.’
      • ‘Season Four certainly didn't lack for drama or surprise, and Fox really delivers a lot of bang for your buck with the extras this time around.’
      • ‘But with this much firepower, you expect a lot more bang for your buck.’
      • ‘However, according to Fisher, ‘You may spend more money but you'll get more bang for your buck.’’
      • ‘Each of these featurettes lasts around a half-hour, so you know you're getting a lot of film bang for your buck.’
      • ‘Granted, this only covers four days, but I think I got a lot of movie bang for my buck.’
      • ‘A lot of companies can get a lot of bang for their buck out of the investment.’
      • ‘While many tech execs are moping, corporations get a lot more bang for their buck.’
      • ‘Cruises still offer a lot of bang for your buck, and with specials as low as $300 or $400 per person, many travelers can save with a sea vacation.’
      • ‘Your entire body is involved in each move, so you're getting a lot more bang for your buck.’
      • ‘This will spare you the cost of resizing the opening, and still give you a lot of bang for your buck.’
      • ‘One of the reasons is because you get a lot of bang for your buck with their products.’
      • ‘Fortunately, our customers will benefit from getting a lot of bang for their buck when they upgrade.’
  • bang (or knock or crack) people's heads together

    • see head
      • ‘His first impulse was to play the peacemaker and go bang their heads together.’
      • ‘At least with the system that we have, the Commission can bang people's heads together, push people towards compromise and achieve agreement.’
  • get a bang out of

    • informal Derive excitement or pleasure from.

      ‘some people get a bang out of reading that stuff’
      • ‘If The Who weren't genuinely getting a bang out of this, they did a good job of fooling the crowd in Glen Falls.’
      • ‘Kenny got a bang out of all this and asked them if he could take their picture and one guy immediately held up his hand - No.’
      • ‘He has the fun of manipulating the bug to coax the fish to it, then he gets a bang out of the strike, right there in plain view, and then the excitement of fighting the fish near the surface.’
      • ‘There is a segment of the market that gets a bang out of buying those things.’
      • ‘Back in the Meredith household, Molly gets a bang out of cruising the house.’
      • ‘If you're fascinated by factoids you might get a bang out of the following information.’
      • ‘If I had seen it last year, or even a few months ago, I surely would have got a bang out of it.’
      • ‘Rufus, obviously getting a bang out of his new found ‘status’, took the opportunity to vent.’
      • ‘The Northerners are fanatics who'll get a bang out of dying for their cause and leader.’
      • ‘Lots of youngsters get a bang out of watching the puppy snarf up bits of food thrown on the floor, so Misha should be locked away while the little ones eat.’
      • ‘Only a private boat operator with no one to please but himself can fish with say, lures that he makes and gets a bang out of catching fish on, even though there may be other lures that catch better.’
      • ‘Unlike me, Fat Mikey simply did not get a bang out of crocheting afghans or listening to National Public Radio.’
      • ‘Students will get a bang out of the ending of this demo.’
      • ‘I especially got a bang out of the one entitled ‘Doctor Barnhelm perfects his machine for restoring animation’ because of the crazy gadgetry in the background.’
      • ‘Innovate E-Commerce gets a bang out of the immediate publicity the awards programs generate.’
      • ‘So, is it possible that a woodchuck might expand its horizons, meet with a richer fate, and get a bang out of a ride in the opposite direction?’
      • ‘If someone gets a bang out of seeing the Stooges in color, I say let 'em enjoy themselves.’
      • ‘Sylvia Fisher gets a bang out of approaching people in the international tent at the AirVenture grounds and speaking to them in their native languages.’
      • ‘It's way too silly for words, but if your children are familiar with the Peanuts strip, they might get a bang out of this.’
      • ‘Aunt Pinkey was enough like her nephew to understand and even get a bang out of the ridiculousness of his momentary rage.’
  • with a bang

    • 1Abruptly.

      ‘the remark brought me down to earth with a bang’
      • ‘It's back down to Earth with a bang for the Performance Workshop's latest production, however.’
      • ‘An exuberant Mozilla Foundation has been brought back down to earth with a bang by the world's internet organisations.’
      • ‘He was dumped like hot potato after his first film flopped but he came with a bang with ‘Chandni Bar’ and established himself with ‘Satta’.’
      • ‘Weybridge golfer Paul Casey, ranked 29th in the world, came down to earth with a bang in the Open last week when he failed to make the cut for the final two rounds.’
      • ‘Now, that bought me back down to earth with a bang.’
      • ‘We have paid the penalty for not being prepared and we have been brought down to earth with a bang.’
      • ‘I will always remember the 1990s as the decade in which the mythologicals came down to earth with a bang.’
      • ‘RI's title rivals, Malton and Norton, fell to earth with a bang following the euphoria they enjoyed after their Tetley's Bitter Vase semi-final win last week.’
      • ‘However, he failed to impress Bobby Williamson sufficiently, returning to earth with a bang.’
      • ‘‘We've come right back down to earth with a bang,’ he said.’
      • ‘After last week's great win over Camlough Rovers, Bessbrook United were brought down to earth with a bang when Kilkeel Athletic held them to a 3-3 draw.’
      • ‘Luckily, London has a canny knack of bringing you back down to earth with a bang and ensuring you don't get unbearably maudlin - take, for instance, yesterday's weepy moment.’
      • ‘Bypassing Byzantine state restrictions would open up competition with a bang… and most certainly lead to dramatic reductions in insurance costs.’
      • ‘He certainly brought Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean down to earth with a bang in the semi-finals.’
      • ‘Ms Del Duca left with a bang, accusing council of ‘staff problems’ and ‘citizens still not getting the service’.’
      • ‘In a season when British Athletics crashed back to earth with a bang after the successes of Sydney, she was one of the few to illuminate a disappointing year.’
      • ‘Fifty five years is a long time to wait for a repeat and both men are confident that this mighty English team can be brought down to earth with a bang on Sunday.’
      • ‘And who knows, if we have another extended bout of irrational exuberance, how high the shares might climb before coming back to earth with a bang?’
      • ‘Next up was Arsenal and we were brought back down to earth with a bang and a 2-1 defeat.’
    • 2Impressively or spectacularly.

      ‘the occasion went with a bang’
      ‘the day starts with a bang—the steep climb to the mountain top’
      • ‘And the only thing you can do, if you leave ‘American Idol,’ is go out with a bang, and I think that he definitely, definitely did that.’
      • ‘Linda Jones, the university's enterprise director, said: ‘We're sorry to see the old building go but at least we can make sure that it departs with a bang.’’
      • ‘I even thought 2003 had come in with a bang when a smooch on New Year's Eve progressed to a steamy taxi ride back to my folks' house, who heard nothing of our hanky-pankying.’
      • ‘We are coming back with a bang and I know everyone will really like our new songs’.’
      • ‘The fundraising evening held in aid of the Southern Area Hospice Services turned out to be a brilliant success and proceeded to start the annual charity efforts with a bang.’
      • ‘Earlier, the Boxing Day card started with a bang as McCoy and Doumen treated spectators to an epic tussle.’
      • ‘The 2004/2005 pheasant shoot will begin with a bang.’
      • ‘If we go out we are determined to go out with a bang.’
      • ‘To begin with a bang: Members are informed that the recording of the much-awaited project - Thiruvasakam in Symphony - in Hungary was over.’
      • ‘It probably means a little bit more to Ian than a normal game because he wants to start with a bang.’
      • ‘Since beginning their season with a bang and four successive wins, the Minstermen have seen their form and fortune dip, rise and dip again.’
      • ‘In October, Miller kicked off the current season with a bang, nailing a win in the giant slalom at Sölden, Austria, by more than a second - a huge margin.’
      • ‘They may have started the competition with a bang, but South Korea's women's coach, Won Geo Seo, played down the importance of their record-breaking achievements.’
      • ‘Pyrotechnic specialists Pa-Boom will round off the celebrations with a bang by providing a spectacular display of sound and smoke.’
      • ‘It sure opens with a bang: Detroit Rock City, the boys clomping around the stage to that ageless opening riff, the orchestra blasting horns and sawing fiddles like enraged monkeys.’
      • ‘Local groups Detox and Catch 22 will get the night's entertainment off with a bang at approximately 8.30 pm for what should prove a highly entertaining night.’
      • ‘With a whole slew of new crew alliances, nights, guest DJs, clubs and parties to talk about, Montreal has started the year with a bang, so let's cut to the chase and get down to the nitty-gritty.’
      • ‘The concept is so original and it started with a bang, the audience being welcomed to the occasion one by one with some amusing improvisation.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • bang away at

    • Do something in a persistent or dogged way.

      ‘he was banging away at his novel’
      • ‘My prediction: groups who oppose the Morning News' positions will start banging away at them, using comments from the blog as proof of editorial perfidy and moral unclarity.’
      • ‘‘There is a great deal more to writing for the musical theater than learning notation, the meaning of a diminished seventh, or banging away at a typewriter in some lonely room,’ he acknowledged.’
      • ‘No sleep, no rice for a week, a family wedding and a five km marathon, and I'm here banging away at 11-30 p.m.’
      • ‘They are forced to live in ‘barracks’ of the companies that sponsor them and are required to spend 12 hours a day banging away at their console games practicing for major contests (which are televised).’
      • ‘From National Review to the Wall Street Journal, the usual suspects have been banging away at the expedient scandal.’
      • ‘We were banging away at the council for eight months before they finally agreed it was a new-build.’
      • ‘The next thing I know he's banging away at the car and it's rocking like hell.’
      • ‘And as he continued into the following day he continued to work though his repertoire - a good rock ‘n’ roll session, rather than just banging away at a single drum.’
      • ‘It would do us well to ponder these words as we sit daily banging away at our computers, talking on our cell phones, and whizzing our faxes to the four corners of earth.’
      • ‘The responsible thing then was to drag your weary body to work, superglue your eyelids open and bang away at the keyboard so nobody else would suffer.’
      • ‘We do need to keep banging away at the healthy eating message, and hope that it begins to get through.’
      • ‘‘I think our best problem-solving happens when three or four smart people get together and bang away at it, and we make that as easy as possible,’ he says.’
      • ‘If we in the industry hadn't kept banging away at these drugs, we wouldn't have ever known that better ones could be found.’
      • ‘Could it be related to the fact that I heard Jackson banging away at the piano in G11, as I passed?’
      • ‘That's what Ranieri the player was like, constantly banging away at something until he succeeded, without caring whether more talented people succeeded on the first attempt.’
      • ‘I believe there is a vast and unseen military effort banging away at the very foundations of the Baathists, and we have yet to really see it unfold.’
      • ‘And while Nick Jago's drumming would benefit from more practice on fills and less on banging away at the high-hat, it still provides the purring engine that drives this beautiful machine.’
      • ‘Later that week, Jill the Very, Very Good Tester is banging away at the code, rolling her forehead back and forth on the keyboard or some equally cruel test.’
      • ‘I fully intend to spend my time reading, not banging away at a keyboard.’
      • ‘The unexpected closing surge from the Scots continued, and they had been banging away at the Newport line once again in injury-time when the referee blew for no-side.’
  • bang something out

    • 1Play music noisily, enthusiastically, and typically unskillfully.

      ‘Dad was annihilating a Beethoven sonata, banging out notes’
      • ‘They know how to bang riffs out of their axes well, but it tends to get buried beneath the mediocrity and predictability of their songwriting.’
      • ‘The tunes are banged out with such verve the audience has no time to miss the strings and horns that adorned the originals - though sections of the audience join Lee in sketching them in vocally.’
      • ‘Tasha-Ray rips on guitar, her sister Lacey-Lee is a kick-butt keyboardist, Louise jams bass and Kim bangs it out on drums.’
      • ‘Composers make gorgeous music, and can bang their moods out on a piano.’
      • ‘I've got them written, I just have to bang them out and record them.’
      • ‘He auditioned it before Stalin's musically illiterate arts committee by banging it out on a piano and singing in his own, unreliable voice.’
      • ‘They were banging the beat out on the dashboard so hard that the music stopped.’
      • ‘If people aren't listening to you in music, you don't care, you can just bang it out.’
      • ‘They bang the tunes out one after another, the playing's tight, the energy never flags.’
    • 2Produce hurriedly or in great quantities.

      ‘they weren't banging out ads in my day the way they are now’
      • ‘He got his trio of set-top box posts done within the day so hopefully I'll bang my essay out within the week.’
      • ‘(Producer and co-star) Mark Redfield and I made the deal to start shooting ‘Sally’ and before you know it, a first draft of a script was banged out, and it just went from there.’
      • ‘Two decades in, Nick Cave and co. decided to bang an album out in a week from the ground up.’
      • ‘‘I can usually bang something out fast,’ he says, ‘whereas others might take a long time. I can never sit still, and it's hard for me to focus.’’
      • ‘So I banged it out on my office laptop; logged on to the office mainframe, sent the column.’
      • ‘Finished one column this morning; composed the other on the way to work, and banged it out with a minimum of fuss and second guessing.’
      • ‘If it weren't enough that I banged a book out this past Monday, now there is a companion website…’
      • ‘It seems like networks can bang these things out in about a year or two, so I'm pretty sure we'll see something soon.’
      • ‘Well, for sixty five grand, I have to say I might just bang something out.’
      • ‘I have NO idea what Thursday's Fence will be like, because I banged that thing out without heed for the usual rules of coherence.’
      • ‘Who am I to tell you one way or the other, given that I am banging these words out on a keyboard in my Hong Kong home?’
      • ‘I really need to get cracking on the writing test (or just e-mail it to hyper disciplined Odious, who could probably bang this thing out in a nanosecond).’
      • ‘If that's the case, I'll let you in on a little secret: I usually try to bang these things out, at least a rough copy, on the Sunday night prior to the Thursday on which you read them.’
      • ‘I think someone saw Wrath of Khan before they banged the script out.’
      • ‘Ken Loach keeps banging them out, but this is the one I'd pick.’
      • ‘I know because I saw him sit down at the typewriter and begin banging it out in his inimitable style, which included forced nicknames and chatty familiarity.’
      • ‘We sent him some rough demos and he banged his parts out in two days.’
      • ‘I could bang the story out in a day, the agency guy suggested, and the magazines would print it because ‘Alan Guebert, one of their own, had written it.’’
      • ‘He's working on the plane as he travels around the country on his laptop computer banging it out.’
      • ‘They have to decide if they want to do repeat and then original, repeat and original, and kind of lose their momentum, or just, you know, bang them out all at once.’
  • bang someone/something up

    • 1Damage or injure someone or something.

      ‘he banged up his knee’
      • ‘When Derrick Brooks was banged up two years ago, that defense was not the same.’
      • ‘Upon being helped from the vehicle, Smathers, whose knees had been banged up in the crash, collapsed to the ground.’
      • ‘Yes, Romeo Crennel has some work to do and his team is banged up.’
      • ‘That has changed in recent weeks as Foster emerged while Davis was banged up.’
      • ‘The key on defense is health, because key players LB Jessie Armstead and Hamilton have been banged up, and their backups have little experience.’
      • ‘Lakers forward Karl Malone has been banged up and just generally not close to his old self, missing wide-open jumpers and struggling to get into any kind of rhythm.’
      • ‘Numerous starters and key reserves are banged up and missing practice time or games.’
      • ‘The Aggies weren't horrible even though they were banged up in 2002, going 6-6 with two of the losses in overtime and two others by a touchdown or less.’
      • ‘Does it seem like a lot of baseball teams are banged up?’
      • ‘Defenses increasingly are forcing Jake Delhomme to move the ball and now first-half star Stephen Davis is banged up.’
      • ‘He didn't fare as well in his only extended action as a full-time starter in Houston last season, but the Texans' offensive line and QB David Carr were banged up.’
      • ‘Oronde Gadsden was banged up, and James McKnight and Dedric Ward are bit players who can have big games on occasion, but neither makes the ‘must stop’ list on opponents' defensive game plans.’
      • ‘That means you were banged up badly enough to get sent home, but not permanently hurt.’
      • ‘I know Angola was banged up, and that obviously was a factor, but we had a lot of guys do some good things.’
      • ‘The Cardinals have suffered without LCB Duane Starks all season and Renaldo Hill has been banged up.’
      • ‘They were left with no running game, and their defense was banged up.’
      • ‘Smoltz missed all of last year after undergoing elbow surgery, Veras blew out a knee and Jordan was banged up most of the second half.’
      • ‘RB Eddie George and QB Steve McNair were banged up and looked as though they were aging in dog years.’
      • ‘He thrived late last season when Davis was banged up, and the coaches hope to use Foster more.’
      • ‘Right now, I banged my knee up pretty badly and I have a back problem.’
      1. 1.1British Imprison someone.
        ‘they've been banged up for something they didn't do’
        • ‘It is better, I ruefully think, to enter a state of perpetual frisk for everyone, than to automatically bang poor kids up in the slammer simply because they were themselves afraid.’
        • ‘When French tourists are banged up for disciplining their child in a restaurant, or a teacher is sacked for smacking a daughter who plays up in the dentist's waiting room, the message gets useful reinforcement.’
        • ‘Last August a mob-handed police raid whisked them off without any warning and banged them up behind the barbed wire of Harmondsworth detention centre at Heathrow.’
        • ‘Awaiting trial, they are banged up at Cook County Jail under the tight regime of crooked prison matron Morton (singer Queen Latifah in the mama of all big mama roles).’
        • ‘But, whispers a seductive voice, why not bang them up, just to be on the safe side?’
        • ‘The bag contained a teddy bear, some fruit and some clothes but magistrates had no sympathy and banged him up for 10 days under public nuisance laws.’
        • ‘This gives inmates only an hour in which to shower, play pool, chat and relax, before they are banged up alone again.’
        • ‘What is the point of banging him up in prison or a lunatic asylum?’
        • ‘If these allegations were made about me I would be banged up by now.’
        • ‘Who could forget Blair's support for the ‘Free Deidre’ campaign, when Corrie favourite Deirdre Barlow was banged up for fraud?’
        • ‘The streets are safer now this scum has been banged up’ reported P.C. Agenda.’
        • ‘I hope they catch whoever did this and bang him up for life.’
        • ‘The hardest thing is getting the lawyers to bang them up so I hope this new terror legislation will help cure some of those ills.’
        • ‘The fact that they had only ever spent 10 nights apart - because Paul was banged up in a Japanese police cell for possession of marijuana - is often quoted as the indisputable evidence.’
        • ‘More than 12,000 British people are banged up like this every year, only to be found not guilty of any crime when their trial finally arrives.’
        • ‘But he had been banged up for a while, and didn't know how to put together the alliances, how to outreach and work with others.’
        • ‘Mickey, Danny, Albert, Ash and Stacie return from a well-earned break to discover that old-time grifter Harry Holmes has been banged up.’
        • ‘They'd banged me up at just after 1am and they let me out at 5.30 am.’
        • ‘As quick as you could say ‘Slipper of the Yard’ he was banged up in Belmarsh jail.’


Mid 16th century: imitative, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse bang hammering.




Main definitions of bang in English

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  • variant spelling of bhang