Main definitions of bang in US English:

: bang1bang2



  • 1A sudden loud noise.

    ‘the door slammed with a bang’
    ‘I heard a series of loud bangs’
    • ‘A cabin crew member also later reported hearing a loud bang from the ceiling of the aircraft just before the vibrations began.’
    • ‘People should also be aware that the elderly can be very frightened by loud bangs and also animals.’
    • ‘A loud bang occurred when he slammed onto the hard, solid ground on his back.’
    • ‘Locals reported hearing two loud bangs before the main explosion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a loud bang, she slammed into the wall at the bottom of the stairway.’
    • ‘A loud bang sounded, almost like a crack of thunder, but there was no pain, only blackness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The station was flooded with complaints reporting of loud bangs from Sunset Beach to Tarcoola Beach.’
    • ‘Evacuating the offices, they heard loud bangs and crashing noises in the loft above their office and raised the alarm.’
    • ‘A loud bang accompanied with boisterous laughter startled her out from her thoughts and she groaned to herself.’
    • ‘The late-nights thuds and bangs have made it loud and clear - it's firework time again.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, a loud bang erupted from behind him followed by a shriek of pain.’
    • ‘Pets are on tranquillisers and I have seen some horrible images of damage done to other animals frightened by loud bangs.’
    • ‘Whether the display is at 2pm or 2am is immaterial to animals, most of whom are terrorised by the sudden and loud bangs.’
    • ‘The driver reported hearing a loud bang near the front of the vehicle and stopped to investigate, said Ernst.’
    • ‘Should we be entertaining ourselves with loud bangs and explosions?’
    • ‘Not so long ago, such loud, booming bangs would have sent shivers down the spines of many.’
    • ‘Police were called to the scene after a neighbour reported hearing a loud bang.’
    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. 1.1 A sharp blow causing a sudden, loud noise.
      ‘I went to answer a bang on the front door’
      • ‘Just as we began playing there was a loud bang on the front door.’
      • ‘More instructive was watching how quickly the experienced NCOs jumped and ran at any bangs from the drive bells.’
      • ‘His deep laugh mingled with the splashing of the water as a bang on the wall indicated Paul Hutchinson's annoyance.’
      • ‘Neighbours said they were woken by loud bangs and crashes.’
      • ‘When it came within a metre of the canoe, Henri gave it a hard bang on the snout with his paddle.’
      • ‘All of this would have taken a few seconds when suddenly there was a bang and the car jolted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘My computer's broken,’ James said, rapping his knuckles on the machine and issuing a dull bang.’
      • ‘Cushioned to protect your computer from bangs and bruises, the bags have reinforced straps and expandable openings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He turned and punched the nearest wall with a resounding bang.’
      • ‘Suddenly a bang on the door was heard; Emilee and Lilly shot their glances onto the door, but it was only a bat.’
    2. 1.2 A sudden painful blow.
      ‘a nasty bang on the head’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I never realised he was, well, you know, I just thought he'd had a bang on the head.’
      • ‘Whether it was because of the blow or the resulting bang against the column, Suzanne didn't know.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His partner Agustin Pichot also took a bang on the head but it will hardly be revealed that he has concussion.’
      • ‘I took a slight bang on the elbow, but the shoulder is absolutely fine - there was no reaction.’
      • ‘She said Mr Cawthraw had been perfectly healthy until he had a bang on his head at work last November and passed out.’
      • ‘Young Andrew Wilson, until a bang on the head necessitated his withdrawal, again played very well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rugby is the all-time leader in biffs and bangs and broken bones, but you don't often die.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘John Hayden was hurt and Thomas Walsh got a bang on the cheekbone, which looks like a fracture.’
      blow, hit, punch, knock, thump, rap, bump, thwack, smack, crack, slap, welt, cuff, box
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  • 2bangsNorth American A fringe of hair cut straight across the forehead.

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

  • 4North American Computing
    The character “!”.


[with object]
  • 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’
    • ‘He looked around quickly and desperately began banging his head against the nearest wall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At this point I began banging my head on the table, so I turned the TV off.’
    • ‘The fork shivered angrily and then slid across the table, banging Sven's glass.’
    • ‘The neighbors downstairs banged on the ceiling and so then I began banging my head against the wall.’
    • ‘I put my head on the table and began to rhythmically bang it.’
    • ‘He could hear Chela talking in the other room and began loudly banging the book on the table beside the laptop.’
    • ‘Jas got bored and began banging his heels against the chair legs.’
    • ‘I began to bang my head on the table in front of me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other two burst out laughing, banging the table top with their paws.’
    • ‘Simon started cracking up again, banging his hand dramatically on the table as he held his stomach.’
    • ‘I begin banging my head against the table top, rattling the plates and cutlery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And in the front, a group of students are having a rap contest as they make their beats by banging on the table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She turned around and began banging her forehead against the wall.’
    • ‘Chris walked lightly to my closet doorway and began banging his head on the frame lightly.’
    • ‘The mess table shook as Seahorse banged his forehead on it.’
    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. 1.1 Come 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’
      • ‘I bolted upright and banged my head on the shelf in the closet.’
      • ‘One man nearly crashed his car and another banged into a lamppost.’
      • ‘Crystal pleaded as the cat darted down the alleyway banging into trash cans and making all kinds of noise as it went.’
      • ‘And people just don't stop: everywhere you go they are banging into you.’
      • ‘Her head banged sharply against the underside of the desk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 came up so quickly that she banged it on the shelf above her.’
      • ‘I assumed […] that the noise we heard was my car banging into one of the pillars of the house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The next thing I know I have banged into the ref and he has gone down.’
      • ‘They were banging into elbows and not apologizing or anything.’
      • ‘I go to Hreod Parkway normally but I was worried that people might bang into my back.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The worst part of that crash was likely the people banging into each other.’
      • ‘Standing up quickly, she banged her head against the top shelf in the cupboard and cursed.’
      • ‘Things in the room were starting to crash and bang into each other, making a mighty ruckus.’
      • ‘He tried to stand up and banged his head rather painfully on a shelf sticking out of the wall.’
      • ‘On a regular basis, she would slam him into a wall or table, often banging his head into the wall.’
      • ‘He seemed to return her bitterness as he sharply walked past, banging into my shoulder on his way.’
    2. 1.2 (of a sports player) hit (a ball or a shot) forcefully and successfully.
      ‘in his second start he banged out two hits’
      • ‘I was going on twenty-one years of age and just banging the balls around trying to cut in hard shots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Addingham were trying to spread play out wide but each time they lost possession, the ball was banged straight back down route one style.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's just banged in ten goals from midfield and has come good at the right time.’
      • ‘Pock were unable to take advantage of their numerical superiority until Mitchell banged over a 40 yard penalty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘McBride singled in a run in the second, banging a ball off the glove of diving third baseman Ken Boyer to score Leon Wagner.’
      • ‘The ball spun for the Ecuadorean and he banged in a fierce shot which the goalkeeper could only palm away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, in his first major league at-bat, he banged a single off veteran right-hander Hank Borowy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bagwell banged a career-high 47 homers that season, knocked in 132 runs and hit .310.’
      • ‘If his team has banged in five, he's the most ecstatic fan on the park and doesn't mind who knows it.’
      • ‘You either bang the hell out of the ball or you stand back and absorb it.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3no object Make a sudden loud noise, typically repeatedly.
      ‘the shutter was banging in the wind’
      • ‘A window lay open, revealing a steel-grey sky beyond the wooden shutters, banging as the wind whistled furiously outside.’
      • ‘Noise banged through the high-ceilinged, uncarpeted room, matching the din inside her skull.’
      • ‘It rang like a huge gong banging relentlessly into the silence.’
      • ‘People were throwing up on the lawn as loud music banged through the walls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two loud, sharp knocks banged at the black doors guarding the entrance to the Calestia Dela.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The boxes shook, banged, and shuddered, yet they stayed closed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But those who make a living from the sea know that tides don't merely ebb and flow, they crash and bang.’
      • ‘I heard shutters banging and people wailing and babies crying and dog barking.’
      explode, crack, go off with a bang, detonate, burst, blow up
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    4. 1.4 (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’
      • ‘Suddenly the doors banged open and I looked up to see three dark men.’
      • ‘He got about two steps towards the doors before they banged open and the room was blinded with light.’
      • ‘Iroka awoke with a start as the front door banged open and a figure stumbled in.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She banged open the door to find them all huddled together in a large group, lounging on the floor, obviously discussing something.’
      • ‘She banged open the door of her locker, and put on her armour with a speed born of practice.’
      • ‘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 then went straight to Lily's house and banged open the door.’
      • ‘Just then the front door banged open and I jumped as a man ran into the room.’
      • ‘They also don't stay up all night playing rather loud music, and banging all the house doors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 kitchen door banged open behind us and voice drifted out’
      • ‘Another hour later, the screen door banged open with a small clatter.’
      • ‘The front door banged open and soon, Joel was at my side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But Karen was already gone, laughter trailing behind her, webbing the screen door as it banged open and shut.’
      • ‘The car door closest to Tyler banged open and a tall girl of 17 stepped out from it.’
      • ‘She said she heard doors banging and loud music on the night of the attack.’
      go bang, crash, smash, thud
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    5. 1.5no object, with adverbial of direction (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.’
      • ‘The three women banged and clattered down the stairs and out the door.’
      • ‘It's like a whirlwind version of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but with more characters banging about and fewer insights into them.’
      • ‘I could hear Mom banging around downstairs, probably making something else.’
      • ‘As I walk downstairs, I can hear the sound of my mother banging around in the kitchen, muffled by something.’
      • ‘I could hear Kathy banging around in the house and a moment later she came back into the lounge where I was standing, waiting.’
      • ‘Timur and Anikei banged out of the house as the narrative was winding down.’
      • ‘He started banging around in the kitchen, then he picked up his keys and went storming out.’
      • ‘Ian heard Linda banging around in the bedroom, and walked to the doorway.’
      • ‘I use the dishes, banging around, making lots of noise.’
  • 2North American Cut (hair) in a fringe.

  • 3vulgar slang (typically used of a man) have sexual intercourse with.


  • 1Exactly.

    ‘bang in the middle of town’
    • ‘It's not just that they think Europe is bang next door to Afghanistan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And, bang on cue, Barry strode on to stage dripping blood, sat down at the drums and started to play.’
    • ‘Slap bang in the centre of Vietnam is Hoi An, a charismatic old port bearing all the architectural hallmarks of its commercial heritage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a 15-room guesthouse, bang on the waterfront and at the heart of all local goings-on.’
    • ‘We are also bang opposite the London Eye, and very close, but I forgot to take pictures of that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 week commencing September 17, it's the Top Gear charity karting evening.’
    • ‘The holy grail for any magazine is hitting your target market bang on the nail.’
    • ‘Diva may be an overused word, but it's bang on the button here.’
    • ‘Even so, I woke up after only 45 minutes of the alarm going off and made it to my desk bang on 10.’
    • ‘We were collected at the college bang on 11.00 am and had a great drive up through the Lakes.’
    • ‘While the boys struggled, the girls from Rosary Convent were bang on the target.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slap bang in the middle of the box was a huge walnut.’
    precisely, exactly, right, directly, immediately, squarely, just, dead
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    1. 1.1 Completely.
      ‘bring your wardrobe bang up to date’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Presented by Ian Wright, Spy TV brings the hidden-camera format bang up-to-date.’
      • ‘She's bang up to now without kowtowing to fashion, and catches the zeitgeist in a completely individual way.’
      • ‘I have to make sure that my material is bang up-to-date, which means scouring the web to check for new developments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The organisation was updated bang 21st century.’
      • ‘House of Fraser had a bang up-to-date Phillips TV at £799.99, half the usual price.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An example of a bang in the middle of town and bang up-to-date venue is The Hub, in Edinburgh.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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!’
    • ‘Of course we have to do it - so we did - and the predictable result was the gun went bang every time.’
    • ‘I put all my strength into hitting this wooden shield, and it was - bang!’
    • ‘Damn, 57 years loaded with ammo that was 61 years old and it went bang every time.’
    • ‘I was casting out my spinner and next thing, bang!’
    • ‘One night I started twisting the dial, hoping that something would happen, and then - bang!’
    • ‘A few seconds passed, a few more - then, just as I took them away, 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!’
  • 2Used to convey the suddenness of an action or process.

    ‘the minute something becomes obsolete, bang, it's gone’
    • ‘All I'd have to do is read, memorize lines and, bang, people would love me.’
    • ‘So I started up Windows Media Player and, bang, the virus warnings started again, each time telling me the darn thing had been deleted.’
    • ‘Just when you think that childhood diseases were nothing more than a fuzzy memory - bang, you develop shingles.’
    • ‘Then, just as we are immersed in the realism we've conjured for ourselves, bang!’
    • ‘Just when you thought it was safe to never watch a Cavs game again, bang!’
    • ‘You want a piece of music - bang, you can download it.’
    • ‘I mean, he had me all built up there for awhile and then, bang!’
    • ‘Then, all of a sudden, bang, they're going as well.’
    • ‘And one particular day when I was particularly tired, she was talking, and my eyes closed, and the next thing was, 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.’
    • ‘And it just got progressively more and more and more, just keeping on adding to our jobs… and then one morning… bang!’
    • ‘Then, as I inched closer, it locked on - bang, got it!’
    • ‘You just need to know a good joke, or have the comical sense to see absurdity in daily life and… bang!’
    • ‘Here we are, smoothly bringing the tail down with the fluke adjusted to just the right angle of attack, when - bang!’
    • ‘Even enjoying someone's company becomes loaded with expectation and social convention, fears that this will lead to that, and then, bang!’
    • ‘There was no consultation with New Zealand First, but through an agreement with United Future and the Greens - 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.’
    • ‘Get blind drunk, snog, repeat the next week, repeat the next week, bang!’
    • ‘Willow and Tara reunite, have great sex and, bang, Tara's dead.’
    • ‘Sugar triggers the release of feel-good hormones into your brain - and, bang, you're fixed.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Given that films at the Bloomsbury Theatre only cost £2.50, I can certainly say I got a lot of bang for my buck.’
      • ‘So they might as well try to get a lot of bang for their buck and sell it while they can.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Granted, this only covers four days, but I think I got a lot of movie bang for my 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's a lot of bang for your buck with this disc.’
      • ‘This will spare you the cost of resizing the opening, and still give you a lot of bang for your buck.’
      • ‘Fortunately, our customers will benefit from getting a lot of bang for their buck when they upgrade.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each of these featurettes lasts around a half-hour, so you know you're getting a lot of film bang for your buck.’
      • ‘While many tech execs are moping, corporations get a lot more bang for their buck.’
      • ‘Your entire body is involved in each move, so you're getting a lot more bang for your buck.’
      • ‘To me, short films are the best value and most bang for your buck.’
      • ‘A lot of companies can get a lot of bang for their buck out of the investment.’
      • ‘One of the reasons is because you get a lot of bang for your buck with their products.’
  • get a bang out of

    • informal Derive excitement or pleasure from.

      ‘some people get a bang out of reading that stuff’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If someone gets a bang out of seeing the Stooges in color, I say let 'em enjoy themselves.’
      • ‘If you're fascinated by factoids you might get a bang out of the following information.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Aunt Pinkey was enough like her nephew to understand and even get a bang out of the ridiculousness of his momentary rage.’
      • ‘Students will get a bang out of the ending of this demo.’
      • ‘If I had seen it last year, or even a few months ago, I surely would have got a bang out of it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rufus, obviously getting a bang out of his new found ‘status’, took the opportunity to vent.’
      • ‘If The Who weren't genuinely getting a bang out of this, they did a good job of fooling the crowd in Glen Falls.’
      • ‘There is a segment of the market that gets a bang out of buying those things.’
      • ‘The Northerners are fanatics who'll get a bang out of dying for their cause and leader.’
      • ‘Back in the Meredith household, Molly gets a bang out of cruising the house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Innovate E-Commerce gets a bang out of the immediate publicity the awards programs generate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unlike me, Fat Mikey simply did not get a bang out of crocheting afghans or listening to National Public Radio.’
  • with a bang

    • 1Abruptly.

      ‘the remark brought me down to earth with a bang’
      • ‘He certainly brought Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean down to earth with a bang in the semi-finals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Next up was Arsenal and we were brought back down to earth with a bang and a 2-1 defeat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘We've come right back down to earth with a bang,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ms Del Duca left with a bang, accusing council of ‘staff problems’ and ‘citizens still not getting the service’.’
      • ‘I will always remember the 1990s as the decade in which the mythologicals came down to earth with a bang.’
      • ‘Bypassing Byzantine state restrictions would open up competition with a bang… and most certainly lead to dramatic reductions in insurance costs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An exuberant Mozilla Foundation has been brought back down to earth with a bang by the world's internet organisations.’
      • ‘It's back down to Earth with a bang for the Performance Workshop's latest production, however.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2Impressively or spectacularly.

      ‘the occasion went with a bang’
      ‘the day starts with a bang—the steep climb to the mountain top’
      • ‘Fence has launched a book series, and done it with a bang - two forceful choices that come out of different worlds in different tones and at different speeds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was Motherless Brooklyn, Lethem's fifth novel in as many years, that finally landed him back in the old neighborhood, with a bang that woke the literary world.’
      • ‘‘The Magic of Chemistry’ performance led by Malcolm Armstrong was put on for year seven and eight pupils at Castle View School and literally went with a bang.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their promise to make good on leaving the NAIA with a bang hinges upon success in these games.’
      • ‘‘Pinafore’ proved that Ballina is back with a bang on the light operatic scene and that its exile has in no way resulted in a general diminution of talent.’
      • ‘Earlier, the Boxing Day card started with a bang as McCoy and Doumen treated spectators to an epic tussle.’
      • ‘The 2004 Chelmsford Spectacular started and finished with a bang, with chart toppers The Sugababes headlining the opening night of the annual event.’
      • ‘Pyrotechnic specialists Pa-Boom will round off the celebrations with a bang by providing a spectacular display of sound and smoke.’
      • ‘In his last post of our week-long debate on the supposed ‘Constitution in Exile’ movement, Cass Sunstein goes out with a bang.’
      • ‘Their July wedding at St Barnabas's Church went with a bang, despite suffering a few rather unusual hitches.’
      • ‘But after two years of disappointing cancellations, due to the foot and mouth outbreak and access problems, organisers wanted to attract as many people as possible to make it go with a bang.’
      • ‘The 2004/2005 pheasant shoot will begin 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That will set us up nicely for next year and we can start next season with a bang.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tony Sullivan made sure Lancashire Day went with a bang in the county capital with a late, late FA Trophy winner against Bromsgrove.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It probably means a little bit more to Ian than a normal game because he wants to start with a bang.’
      • ‘Four hundred years after the Gunpowder Plot, Mr Fawkes' election night hardly went 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.’
      • ‘A huge group of audience members were invited on the stage to ‘get down’ while the ladies went out with a bang in the final show of their very first headlining tour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If we go out we are determined to go out with a bang.’
      • ‘After starting the season with a bang and matching the club's record start, Saturday's dismissal of Richard Hope saw City equal another record, this time for the number of red cards in a campaign.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The final of the Buster Under-19 basketball championship ended this year's Inter-Secondary School Sports program with a bang!’
      • ‘A trip to the Isle Of Wight went with a bang - literally - for dozens of pensioners.’
      • ‘Nick Warren, owner of Big Nick's Karaoke, waived his normal £200 fee to ensure the party went with a bang.’
      • ‘The political year 2003/2004 ended with a bang.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘We are coming back with a bang and I know everyone will really like our new songs’.’
      • ‘A3, as the album is otherwise known, has hit the stands with a bang after packaging it with ‘catchy’ music and endorsement by the superstar, says the company.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • bang away

    • Do something in a persistent or dogged way.

      ‘he was banging away at his novel’
      • ‘We do need to keep banging away at the healthy eating message, and hope that it begins to get through.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘The next thing I know he's banging away at the car and it's rocking like hell.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘I fully intend to spend my time reading, not banging away at a keyboard.’
      • ‘Could it be related to the fact that I heard Jackson banging away at the piano in G11, as I passed?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • bang something out

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

      ‘Dad was annihilating a Beethoven sonata, banging out notes’
      • ‘If people aren't listening to you in music, you don't care, you can just bang it out.’
      • ‘Tasha-Ray rips on guitar, her sister Lacey-Lee is a kick-butt keyboardist, Louise jams bass and Kim bangs it out on drums.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He auditioned it before Stalin's musically illiterate arts committee by banging it out on a piano and singing in his own, unreliable voice.’
      • ‘Composers make gorgeous music, and can bang their moods out on a piano.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They bang the tunes out one after another, the playing's tight, the energy never flags.’
      • ‘I've got them written, I just have to bang them out and record them.’
      • ‘They were banging the beat out on the dashboard so hard that the music stopped.’
    • 2Produce something hurriedly or in great quantities.

      ‘they weren't banging out ads in my day the way they are now’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘(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.’
      • ‘Ken Loach keeps banging them out, but this is the one I'd pick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We sent him some rough demos and he banged his parts out in two days.’
      • ‘If it weren't enough that I banged a book out this past Monday, now there is a companion website…’
      • ‘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 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.’’
      • ‘He's working on the plane as he travels around the country on his laptop computer banging it out.’
      • ‘Well, for sixty five grand, I have to say I might just bang something out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 have NO idea what Thursday's Fence will be like, because I banged that thing out without heed for the usual rules of coherence.’
      • ‘I think someone saw Wrath of Khan before they banged the script out.’
      • ‘He got his trio of set-top box posts done within the day so hopefully I'll bang my essay out within the week.’
      • ‘Two decades in, Nick Cave and co. decided to bang an album out in a week from the ground up.’
      • ‘So I banged it out on my office laptop; logged on to the office mainframe, sent the column.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
  • bang someone/something up

    • 1Damage or injure someone or something.

      ‘he banged up his knee’
      • ‘Does it seem like a lot of baseball teams are 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When Derrick Brooks was banged up two years ago, that defense was not the same.’
      • ‘He thrived late last season when Davis was banged up, and the coaches hope to use Foster more.’
      • ‘Defenses increasingly are forcing Jake Delhomme to move the ball and now first-half star Stephen Davis is banged up.’
      • ‘RB Eddie George and QB Steve McNair were banged up and looked as though they were aging in dog years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were left with no running game, and their defense 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.’
      • ‘That has changed in recent weeks as Foster emerged while Davis was banged up.’
      • ‘The Cardinals have suffered without LCB Duane Starks all season and Renaldo Hill has been banged up.’
      • ‘I know Angola was banged up, and that obviously was a factor, but we had a lot of guys do some good things.’
      • ‘That means you were banged up badly enough to get sent home, but not permanently hurt.’
      • ‘Upon being helped from the vehicle, Smathers, whose knees had been banged up in the crash, collapsed to the ground.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Right now, I banged my knee up pretty badly and I have a back problem.’
      • ‘Numerous starters and key reserves are banged up and missing practice time or games.’
      • ‘Yes, Romeo Crennel has some work to do and his team is banged up.’
      1. 1.1British Imprison someone.
        ‘they've been banged up for something they didn't do’
        • ‘They'd banged me up at just after 1am and they let me out at 5.30 am.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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).’
        • ‘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 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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The streets are safer now this scum has been banged up’ reported P.C. Agenda.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘I hope they catch whoever did this and bang him up for life.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘What is the point of banging him up in prison or a lunatic asylum?’
        • ‘This gives inmates only an hour in which to shower, play pool, chat and relax, before they are banged up alone again.’
        • ‘But, whispers a seductive voice, why not bang them up, just to be on the safe side?’
        • ‘As quick as you could say ‘Slipper of the Yard’ he was banged up in Belmarsh jail.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Mickey, Danny, Albert, Ash and Stacie return from a well-earned break to discover that old-time grifter Harry Holmes has been banged up.’


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




Main definitions of bang in US English:

: bang1bang2



  • variant spelling of bhang