whizz-bang

whiz-bang

also whizz-bang (wĭz′băng′, hwĭz′-)Informal
n.
One that is conspicuously effective, successful, or skillful: a whiz-bang of a speech.
adj.
1. Conspicuously effective, successful, or skillful: a whiz-bang ad campaign.
2. Very rapid and eventful; rushed: whiz-bang pacing; a whiz-bang schedule.

[From whizzbang, a shell used in World War I that was heard only an instant before landing and exploding : whiz + bang.]

whizz-bang

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whiz-bang

n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a small-calibre World War I shell that, when discharged, travelled at such a high velocity that the sound of its flight was heard only an instant, if at all, before the sound of its explosion
2. a type of firework that jumps around emitting a whizzing sound and occasional bangs
adj
informal excellent or first-rate
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