Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bang v.1

1. to hit, to thump.

[UK]Long Meg of Westminster 17: If any one asks you who banged your bones, say, Long Meg of Westminster once met with you.
[UK]Nashe Four Letters Confuted in Works II (1883–4) 223: A bigge fat lusty wench it is, that hath an arme like an Amazon, and will bang thee abominationly, if euer shee catch thee in her quarters.
[UK]Shakespeare Othello II i: The desperate tempest hath so bang’d the Turks That their designment halts.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Love’s Cure II ii: By this Hand, I’ll bang your Brother for this, when I get him alone.
[UK]T. Nabbes Microcosmus Act IV: Guard your selfe better, or I shall bang your coate.
[UK] ‘Four-Legg’d Elder’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 122: Poor City maids shed many a tear / When she was lash’d and bang’d.
[UK]C. Cotton Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk I 50: Thou’st been so bang’d about the Stoops.
[UK]C. Cotton Scoffer Scoff’d (1765) 183: With my Battoon I’le bang his Sconce.
[UK]Behn Rover IV i: Belv. What, Blunt has had some damn’d Trick put upon him, cheated, bang’d, or clapt?
[UK]T. Betterton Match in Newgate III i: Thou base lying son of a cheating Cit [...] Were it not for the respect I bear this noble Companie, I wou’d so bang thee!
[UK]N. Ward ‘Poet’s Ramble after Riches’ Writings (1704) 12: Thus Fir’d by heat of Argument, / This Disputants to Boxing went; / [...] / To it they fell, and Bang’d each other.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]H. Carey ‘Sally in our Alley’ [song] My master comes, like any Turk, And bangs me most severely.
[UK]A. Ramsey Tale of Three Bonnets (1785) 11: Vile whore and jade, the woody bang her.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 143: This he did in Revenge [...] after having been so soundly bang’d by him.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 137: They’ll be sorry, and fit to hang, / To hear how we the Trojans bang.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 402: Tho’ you should escape / Without his help from this d----d scrape, / And save your hide from being bang’d, / He hopes to live to see you hang’d.
[UK]Burns O ay my Wife she Dang me in Works (1842) 210/2: O ay my wife she dang me, And aft my wife did bang me.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 140: I could wish I had been hang’d, / Or at a whipping-post well bang’d.
[UK] ‘Naval Victories’ in Holloway & Black II (1979) 163: La Clue off the streights was well bang’d by Boscawen.
[UK]T. Whittell ‘Valiant Edward Steel’ Poetical Works 138: Valiant Edward Steel [...] Did bang these boobies and these loobies, / Until he made them reel.
[UK] ‘Life in London’ in C. Hindley James Catnach (1878) 127: To bang and wallop the Charlies / And pommil them in the dark.
[UK] in Egan Bk of Sports 100: Some was short and some was tall, / But it’s very well known I banged them all, / For I dous’d their heads against the wall.
[UK] ‘Wonderful Mr. Spurgeon’ in C. Hindley Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 136: He bangs the country east and west.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Niggers’ Punch 15 Mar. 113/2: Wot good’s British bottom and grit, / If when the dashed Niggers hinsult us, we can’t bang the beggars a bit?
[US]E. Lee Prison, Camp and Pulpit 136: I went for that crowd with the poker and banged them in a lively fashion.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 July 13/3: How would the bullock-driver get on if there was nothing but gentlemanly language in existence, and he couldn’t dash the off-sider, and tell him to mind where he was going if he didn’t want his gory horn knocked off his profane head and the rest of his condemned carcase banged to -- -- -- --?’.
[UK]W.S. Maugham Liza of Lambeth (1966) 97: When she comes in ’e start bangin’ ’er abaht.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 28 Nov. 1/3: [He] banged boniface two such brutal blows as laid the landlord low.
[US]J. London People of the Abyss iv: There was my mar, she was enough, a-bangin’ the kids about an’ makin’ the ole man mis’rable when ’e come ’ome.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Nov. 28/2: The feature of the fight was the series of wild rallies in which Keys cut loose, and with amazing energy slapped and banged and bashed and uppercut and walloped and jabbed McCoy.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 186: Now and then one would bang me with a black jack.
[UK]N. Gale ‘To King Cricket’ Messrs Bat and Ball 3: Bewildered Turks have seen a Cockney bang / Half-volleys near the Jordan.
[UK](con. 1912) B. Marshall George Brown’s Schooldays 93: You’ll say what I jolly well tell you to say or I’ll bang you one on the snout.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 171: Bleedin’ screws [...] would bang you, as quick as look at you.
[UK]P. Terson Apprentices (1970) I i: I’d bang you Wags, but I respect your football.
[US]B. Conn in Heller In This Corner (1974) 222: He just banged me all over the place. He was a real good hitter.
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘Second Time Around’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] I’ll bang you one in a minute, leave her alone will you!
[US] in J. Breslin Damon Runyon (1992) 46: When they miss, you bang them with everything you got.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 15: I bang a lad under the nose and his top lip just bursts.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 31: Just provoke us into a massive off. Then they can do us for that. Bang us about and do us.

2. in context of sex.

(a) to copulate with; like many sl. terms involving sex, this implies an aggression irrespective of any affection; usu. of men, but occas. of women.

[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy V 89: He laid her flat Upon her back, / And bang’d her side Weam too, Sir.
[UK] ‘Gie the Lass Her Fairin’’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 258: The mair ye bang, the mair she squeals.
[UK] ‘Reels O’Bogie’ in Bold (1979) 194: The lads ne’er think it is amiss / To bang the holes whereout they piss.
[UK] ‘Laundress And Her Ass’ in Rambler’s Flash Songster 4: Why yer honer, ’tis true what I’m telling you, / His cock has been bang-in(g) my ass.
[US]‘Old Gingerbread’ in Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: Now my old friend take a piece of advice, / And don’t bang any old whore for that aint nice.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 51: I chased a parson’s daughter, / And I banged her when I caught her, / Now I cannot pass my water in Kansas.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 118: There once was a sacred baboon / That lived by the river Rangoon, / And all of the women / That came to go swimmin’ / He’d bang by the light of the moon.
[US]N. Cassady letter in Charters (1993) 202: Day I got her to bang Hal Chase.
[US]B. Hecht Gaily, Gaily 22: Doc entered his office and found Mr. Bolger, head of the composing room, banging a naked lady on his couch.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 342: She banged him in his office one afternoon.
[US]L.K. Truscott IV Dress Gray (1979) 271: Hell, they probably bang sheep in his home county. Who knows?
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 92: A piece of tail’s more than climbing on and banging until you blow your load. [Ibid.] 157: In my mind, I’m already in a notch joint banging a broad.
[UK]Guardian G2 19 Aug. 5: Elaine bangs the housewife over the road and is very, very raunchy with the local cop.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 99: He fucked her [...] imagining he was banging one of the many trophy wives he had seen walking through the lobby of the hotel.
[Aus]Bug (Aus.) Aug. [Internet] Did I take the opportunity to bitch while I was banging his wife? No!
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 21: Maybe you’re still banging him, I wanna know.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 86: Normnally ah’d be twitchin [...] up here at this time ay night, especially as ah’m aboot tae bang one ay their birds.
[UK]I. Welsh Decent Ride 40: Suzanne wir convinved that eh wis this French waiter’s [son] at first. She’d banged the cunt the night before me.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] [A] midnight tour is usually just an excuse to get drunk with your buddies or bang some whore, or both.

(b) to have sexual intercourse; intransitive use compared to the transitive sense 1a above.

[US]E. Field ‘A French Crisis’ in Facetiae Americana 19: She’d wrestle, bang, cohabit, futuore, fornicate and frig.
(con. 1868) in S. Longstreet Nell Kimball by Herself (1981) 47: You’ll be gone, worn out inside from a mess of brats, one every nine months, and a dirty old goat banging away at you every minute.
[US]Kerouac On The Road (1972) 43: Marylou’s all for it [divorce], but she insists on banging in the interim.
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 184: For all I know, she’s been bangin’ away since junior high school.
[Aus]J. Hibberd Memoirs of an Old Bastard 144: She bangs like a Bofar gun.
[UK]G. Burn Happy Like Murderers 156: She wanted some big nigger to throw her down and fucking bang on top of her and treat her like a dog.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 37: Mincey carried on banging but the screaming was putting him off.
[UK]D.S. Mitchell Killer Tune (2008) 90: Don’t you think I’d have been banging on their door last night instead of banging you.

(c) (US) to masturbate; one of many terms for the verb that relate to hitting.

[US](con. 1942) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 181: Fressssssh! Whaddya lookin at? Didja bang yaself silly all las night?

3. to outdo.

(a) to defeat, to surpass; esp. as phr. bang bob-tail, bang everything etc [Cumbrian dial.].

[UK]Fielding Lottery 2: Ah, think, my lord! how I should grieve to see your lordship bang’d.
D. Mallet Masque of Britannia Prologue: Should I again go to sea – and bang mounseer?
[UK]R. Anderson ‘The Thuirsby Witch’ Cumberland Ballads (1805) 74: Of Nancy Dawson, Molly Mog, / Though thousands sing wi’ glee, / This village beauty, out and out, / She bangs them aw to see.
[UK]J. Bell Jr. (ed.) Rhymes of Northern Bards 296: Thou bangs them a’ lass every day /[ ...] / For hide and hue, ma bonny hinny, / Thou bangs the crew.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker I 284: That is a narrer squeak, it fairly bangs all.
[UK]R.F. Walond Paddiana I 154: Och, murther! is it mustard with salmon? That bangs all!
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]J. Greenwood Little Ragamuffin 352: Of all the strange stories I ever heard, this bangs everything.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Innocents at Home 328: For clean, cool, out-and-out cheek, if this don’t bang anything that ever I saw.
[UK] ‘’Arry at the Sea-Side’ Punch 10 Sept. 111/2: Larf, Charlie? It bangs Arthur Roberts, and makes a chap bloomin’ nigh bust.
[UK] ‘’Arry on African Affairs’ Punch 22 Feb. 90/2: [He] bangs Rothschild in talking of millions.

(b) to impress.

[UK]Daily News 1 Nov. 6/1: This is now being banged into the heads that have planned... this campaign [F&H].
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 11 July 17/3: And many a soul will grind its fangs; / And mutter as you’re let through: / ‘Why – wot’s he done? I’m sure it bangs / Old Nick, how some coves get through!’.
[US]J.H. O’Hara Pal Joey 41: You are banging them right over every where you go.

(c) to thrill.

[US]C. Perry Portrait of a Young Man Drowning (1963) 154: It didn’t bang me to sit around listening to a lot of guys trying to out-holler each other.

(d) (US black) to make an impact.

[US]Source Oct. 218: Also sure to bang hard on the streets.

4. a euph. for damn v.

[Ire]J. O’Keeffe Tony Lumpkin in Town (1780) 29: Now, bang me, if I know what trade that is.

5. to dismiss from a job.

[US]Cincinnati Enquirer 7 Sept. 10/7: Fired, Banged, Shot Out – When a performer is discharged he is one of the above.

6. to consume a stimulant [bang n.1 (6a)].

(a) (drugs) to inject heroin.

[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]Lannoy & Masterson ‘Teen-age Hophead Jargon’ AS XXVII:1 24: BANGING, vbl. Taking heroin intravenously.
[US]C. Himes Pinktoes (1989) 41: I haven’t been banging with cocaine and morphine.
[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 37: bang [...] (2) to inject narcotics, as in ‘I was banging heroin’.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 68: I was so franctic to bang some quality I missed the vein twice.
[US]D.E. Miller Bk of Jargon 339: bang: [...] As a verb, to shoot up.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 28: The next place I moved, the people didn’t snort. They was banging.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 2: Bang — [...] to inject a drug.

(b) to throw back a drink.

[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 78: The boys in the kitchen were banging their first drinks down.
[US]‘Red’ Rudensky Gonif 94: One night, sitting in the car near Lincoln Park banging a couple of shots of good hooch.

(c) to inject someone with heroin.

[US]N. Algren ‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in Entrapment (2009) 118: The minute I got my blouse off that night he banged me again [...] it brought me up deathly sick over the wash basin.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 95: My eyes begged him to tie me up and bang me.

7. (US) to inflict, to ‘hit with’.

[US]Simon & Burns Corner (1998) 180: He’ll go back to Judge Johnson at Circuit Court to get banged with the whole ten years.

8. (US black) to play music.

[UK]K. Sampson Powder 16: MTV banging the hell out of the first clip.
[US]UGK ‘Choppin’ Blades’ [lyrics] [They] bangin’ Makaveli 7, crankin’ my ’Pac up.

9. US drugs to sell drugs.

[US]Simon & Lehane ‘Dead Soldiers’ Wire ser. 3 ep. 3 [TV script] They’re still running product. Still got kids banging out there.

In derivatives

bangable (adj.)

usu. of a woman, sexually alluring.

[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 497: Phoar, Judy Garland looks well fucking bangable in that gingham skirt.

In compounds

bang-beggar (n.) [their ill-treatment of tramps]

(mainly Irish) a constable; thus bangbeggar hall, a magistrate’s court.

in Chronicles of All Saints’ Derby (1881) n.p.: Ordered that John Lane shall be Bang-Beggar and the parish to give him a coat.
[Ire]Hibernian Jrnl 27 Oct. 4/3: D— of L— a Tinker (makes two holes, in the stop;ping of one) [...] Capt. Braganza — a Fustian weaver [...] Archbishop Bang-beggar — a Thresher.
[Ire]Dublin Eve. Packet 13 July 3/2: The other [...] ‘charley’, the Bang-beggar [...] was wounded in the thigh.
[Ire]Dublin Eve. Mail 5 June 2/1: Alexander Kimins, grave-digger [...] Thoas McCaul, bang-beggar, Wm Paterson, corporation constable.
[UK]Newry Examiner 13 Sept. 2/3: The daily pergrinations of a certain important personage in uniform who rejoices in the title of a ‘bang-beggar’.
[UK]Newry Examiner 23 Apr. 3/5: The people of Armagh entered into voluntary subscriptions and employed bang-beggars to go round the city.
[Ire]Sligo Champion 3 Nov. 3/6: We [...] mentally resolved, if the responsible situation of a ‘bang-beggar’ should be vacated [...] to support with our vote and interest, ‘Sergeant Griffith’.
[UK]E. Waugh Barrel Organ 29: Owd Pudge, th’ bang-beggar, coom runnin’ into th’ pew .
[UK]Lancaster Gaz. 17 Dec. 2/5: There is a bang beggar attached to the chapel of St John’s — a worthy man [who] carries a formidable mace [...] which he not seldom uses [...] to ‘bang the beggars yeds’.
[UK]S.O. Addy Sheffield Gloss. 10: Bangbeggar Hall, the magistrates’ hall.
Gl;oucester Citizen 23 Oct. 4/6: The beadle’s uniform — a blue coat with a red collar [...] a cocked hat and the long staff [...] of office [...] But the parish ‘bang-beggar’ has fallen upon evil days.
[UK]Lincs Chron. 29 May 6/2: The ‘bang-beggar’ who on weekdays whipped tramps [...] and on Sundays paraded the church [...] rapping male sleepers on the head with the knobby end of of his wand.
[UK]Derby Dly Teleg. 5 Nov. 3/4: Another title of the Beadle [...] was ‘Bang-Beggar’.
bang-bellied (adj.) [dial. bang-belly, a swollen abdomen, whether of a malnourished child or a pregnant woman]

(W.I.) having a large paunch.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
bang-belly (n.) [the child hits its stomach to indicate its hunger]

(W.I.) a starving child.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
bang-pitcher (n.) [SE pitcher; the thumping of a tankard on the table]

a drunkard.

[UK]J. Clarke Paraemiologia 102: A notable bang-pitcher.
bangtail

see separate entries.

bang-up (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

bang a pitcher (v.) [SE pitcher; one bangs the emptied pitcher on the table]

to empty a pot of beer.

[UK]J. Taylor ‘Travels of Twelve-pence’ in Works (1869) I 70: He to the Ale-house went, and bang’d the Pitcher.
[UK]J. Ray Proverbs 216: Drinking phrases: Lick your dish. Wind up your bottom. Play off your dust. Hold up your dagger hand. To bang the pitcher.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 569: The master of the house [...] loved heartily to wind up his bottom, to bang the pitcher, and lick his dish.
bang a reefer (v.) [reefer n.1 (2)]

to smoke marijuana.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 22/2: Bang a reefer. To smoke a cigarette of marijuana. ‘I got the leaps (nervous reaction) after that trick (crime). I’m gonna hit the camp (flat) and bang a few reefers.’.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 303: bang a reefer. To smoke a marihuana cigarette.
[US](con. 1940s) J. Resko Reprieve 237: A reefer or muggle is blasted, banged, and blown—never smoked.
bang around (v.) [SE bang around, to make noise]

1. of a person, to make one’s presence felt, with little practical result.

[US]J. Blake letter 31 Aug. in Joint (1972) 188: We had a somewhat alcoholic reunion and banged around Manhattan together for a couple of weeks.
[Aus]T. Winton That Eye, The Sky 72: Henry Warburton bangs around.
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 160: A batch of actors [...] on the lam from Los Angeles were generally banging around.

2. of an item, a situation, to linger, without coming to a conclusion.

[US]N. Davis ‘Don’t Give Your Right Name’ in Goulart (1967) 35: It’s been banging around in the courts for three years.
[US]R. Prather Scrambled Yeggs 135: After I banged that around it didn’t look so good after all.

3. to beat up.

[US]C. Stella Eddie’s World 11: I managed to get the name of the guy from her, the one banged her around.
[US]C. Stella Rough Riders 67: They banged her around pretty good. Tried to rape her, too.
bang like a (hammer on a nail) (v.)

(orig. Aus.) to rate as an enthusiastic sexual performer.

[US]R.A. Wilson Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words 27: Bang [...] to copulate [...] More emphatic is bang like a hammer.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 47/2: since ca. 1950.
bang like a shithouse door (in a gale) (v.) (also bang like a barn door in a gale, ...a dunny door in a gale, ...high wind, ...a lavatory door, ... truckstop door) [shithouse n. (1)/dunny n.2 ]

(orig. Aus.) to rate as an enthusiastic sexual performer; usu. said by men of women.

[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 35: I thought, kiss my arse if that sheilah doesn’t bang like a shithouse door.
[US]R.A. Wilson Playboy’s Book of Forbidden Words.
P. Popescu Burial of the Vine 135: And that woman, the painter whom I had believed to be pure, childlike; here she looked ready to bang like a shithouse door in a whirlwind.
[UK]J. Milne Dead Birds (1998) 137: She was dirty, I’m telling you. She banged like a lavatory door . . . and about as often.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 87: If the tart shows a certain enthusiasm for sexual activity, she’s said to bang like the dunny door in a gale.
[UK]Solar Project ‘Zeitgest’ [lyrics] on ...in Time [album] Group grope, bunch punch / Gang bang, daisy chain / Leg work, Swedish culture, S & M / We are shagging like wild rattlesnakes / We bang like the shithouse door in a gale.
[Ire]P. Howard Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 217: [She] bangs like a barn door in a force ten gale.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 15: bangs like a leaky pipe when the tap’s turned on/like a shithouse rat/like a dunny door in a high wind in regard to an enthusiastic fornicator.
[UK]T. Black ‘Daddy’s Girl’ in Killing Time in Las Vegas [ebook] That girl bangs like a truckstop door! She’s my sister, I should know.
bang out (v.)

1. to rush away, to leave quickly [SE bang, to make a noise].

[UK]Marvel 2 Feb. 47: Having voted this a good idea, we banged out.

2. (US prison) to murder or beat up.

[US]T. Thursday ‘Dead Men Don’t Move’ in Smashing Detective Stories Jan. [Internet] How come she knew her old man was banged out?
[US]P. Hamill Flesh and Blood (1978) 18: ‘Cops, man. That’s why he’s here. He banged out some bacon.’ [...] ‘No shit? You beat up a cop?’.
[US]H. Gould Double Bang 198: A light-skinned black guy. Banged him out with a Twenty-two silencer.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 94: Scrag To kill someone. […] (Archaic: bang out).
Austin American-Statesman (TX) 4 Oct. 9/4: Texas Prison Gang Slang [...] Bang: Fight to kill.

3. (drugs) to adulterate a narcotic drug.

[US]B. Davidson Collura (1978) 163: A shipment of nearly pure heroin [...] would produce a profit of 3,000 per cent when ‘banged out’ and distributed in diluted amounts on the street.

4. see bang up v.2 (2)

5. see knock out v. (1)

bang (someone’s) ear (v.)

(US) to talk incessantly (and tediously).

[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 923: He was up with it all evening while you guys were banging ear.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 170: She was banging his ear a mile a minute.
bang up (v.)

see separate entries.

bang up to (v.)

see separate entry.