1. as an act of violence.
(a) a blow, a hit, as aimed at and received by a person; also fig. use [ON banga, to hammer].
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|‘Bloody Battle between a Taylor and a Louse’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1891) VII:2 478: Then the Taylor got his Goose, and he threw it at the Louse, / And gave her Bang on the side.|
|Hist. of Peter and Betteries 14: Hang the rogue, I care not a straw for thee take my word, I can give thee bang for bang [...] I’ll bang thy rogue’s coat by and by.|
|Jamie and Bess v: Ye snarlin’ Critics, spare your bang, / It’s nae for you I write my Sang, / Sae steek your gab, for ye’ll be wrang, / To think to tease me; / Ere I reply, ye’se a ga’e hang.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 15 Oct. 38: He closed the right fist and hit the crocodile an awful bang, fairly in the middle of the right eye.|
|Sporting Times 17 Nov. 1/4: I oftentimes give vent / To my love for ’er by fetchin’ ’er a bang, / It ain’t nothin’ like the sport there is in downin’ some old gent.‘A Hooligan in Love’|
|Nights in Town 305: Stop the fight. I forbid the bangs!|
|Dly News (NY) 3 Mar. 6/2: Gang Slang. These ‘Circus’ guys [...] weren’t looking for trouble. They ddn’t want to get a bang’.|
(b) (US) a murder.
|Double Bang 209: If you’re so slick, tell me how to do this chick without making it look like a street bang.|
2. in the context of sex.
(a) a pelvic thrust during intercourse.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
(b) (also bang-bang) an act of sexual intercourse, used in both hetero- and homosexual contexts.
|Athenian Spy 282: Give us a good plain Earthen Platter, that will endure a sound Bang, and while we eat in’t we’re safer from Poyson, then if all our Meat were serv’d up in Unicorns’ Horns.|
|‘She Grippet at the Girtest O’t’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 261: She pay’d him twice for every bang.|
|Prison Community (1940) 330/1: bang, n. 1. A copulation.|
|‘Betty Boop in “Flesh”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 30: Pounding that old roger home as if it were the last bang you’d ever get.|
|‘Oh, Mrs Riley’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 41: I haven’t had a bang, bang, bang in all me bloody life!|
|letter 10 Jan. in Charters (1995) I 300: Bob had his bang.|
|Beat Generation 59: While you get the bang of all bangs.|
|America’s Homosexual Underground 39: We didn’t have a second bang because the kid moved out of the neighborhood.|
|(con. 1941) Gunner 3: Innocent – hell! She’d had more bangs than Guy Fawkes night.|
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 43: Between bangs she’d talk, about banging in general but primarily about the preceding bang and how good it had been.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 93: We’d be good for bang with gang upon a bird.West in|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 92: But you’re gonna get a bang too. It’s only a deuce a jump.|
|Indep. Rev. 2 July 4: Research which involves paying 600 homosexual males to have anal intercourse [...] gives a whole new meaning to this week’s Phrase that Pays: ‘More bangs for your buck’.|
|IOL News (Western Cape) 23 Feb. [Internet] He was living ina sprawling £5 million villa named Maison de bang bang.|
(c) (Aus.) a brothel.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
(d) (also bangee) a man or woman as a sexual performer, e.g. he’s/she’s a great bang.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 122: hot bang A passionate young woman.|
|CUSS 76: Bang A sexually attractive person, female.et al.|
|Mama Black Widow 90: She did nothing to stop Sally from becoming a community bangee.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 146: passive partner [...] bang (‘That streetcar conductor turned out to be a damn good bang’).|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 23: bang [...] 2. a woman considered as a ‘bangee’.|
(e) (US teen) a party, esp. when seen as a venue for sexual conquests.
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] bang 1. n. Any party, but especially a party where promiscuous girls may be present. ‘Let’s check out that bang at Jo’s crib tonight.’.|
3. as a fig. ‘blow’.
(a) (US) a try, an attempt; usu. in phr. take a bang at, to have a try, to make an attempt.
|(con. WWI) Battle Stories July [Internet] I am out of hospital now, and almost ready for another bang at Jerry.‘So This Is Flanders!’|
|(con. WWI) Old Soldiers Never Die (1964) 17: Duffy said: ‘We’ll have a bang at the bastards to-day.’.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 361: I’m going to take a trip down to the islands and take a bang at some of them sealskin babes.|
(b) (US Und., also banger) in fig. use, a criminal charge, i.e. something one is ‘hit’ with.
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 17: Leo Cooney. Fraud’lent perscription. It’s a bad bang.|
|Sat. Eve. Post 24 Mar. 78: ‘What they got you locked up for?’ ‘Ah, Sergeant Dooley got me. It’s a bum bang.’ [W&F].|
|Choirboys (1976) 255: He was very close to bringing in a two-banger.|
4. (Aus.) alcohol [by meton., the seller bangs the glass down on the bar counter].
|Inquirer & Commercial News (Perth) 30 Sept. 3/4: We love the barmaid, love to hang / Around her flies and hear her slang, / But most of all we love her bang.|
5. (drugs, also bang in the arm) a single injection of a narcotic drug, e.g. a bang of cocaine [the force used to push the needle into one’s flesh + the instantly pleasurable sensation that the drug creates + play on shot n.1 (6b). Note the erroneous sp. bhang in cit. 1922, which is also cited in the OED and leads that dict. to assume it is a ‘revived’ version of the proper use, as a synon. for Indian cannabis (see bang n.4 )].
|Black Candle 49: It is a common expression [...] to jocularly ask another if they could give them a ‘bhang’ [sic] which is a slang expression for a snuff of cocaine.|
|Phila. Eve. Bulletin 5 Oct. 40/3: Here are a few more terms and definitions from the ‘Racket’ vocabulary: [...] ‘bang,’ a hypodermic narcotic dose.|
|AS VIII:2 27: The injection of dope is referred to as a bang in the arm or a shot in the arm.‘Junker Lingo’ in|
|‘Saint in Silver’ in Goulart (1967) 98: Mrs. La Frage needed a bang in the arm.|
|I, Mobster 102: I knew then he’d turned junkie and that he’d given himself a bang before he showed up.|
|Pinktoes (1989) 57: Did Schooley and Pine sniff snow or take a bang.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Bk of Jargon 339: bang: As a noun, a shot of heroin or other narcotic.|
|Permanent Midnight 162: I had to [...] try to squeeze out a third, potent-as-rainwater bang out of the still damp cotton.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 312: If someone had a gun to his head, and offered him the chance for world peace or a bang of heroin, he’d probably go for the heroin.|
|Happy Mutant Baby Pills 14: I’d try to sit through Regis and Kelly without a bang of chiba [...] I couldn’t make it past Regis’s rouge without a second shot.|
6. excitement, stimulation [SE bang, a hit. a knock; thus a stimulus].
(a) (orig. US) a thrill, often in the context of drug use; thus get a bang (out of)
|Amer. Madam (1981) 310: I don’t know much about people who hurt other people for sex bangs.|
|Designs in Scarlet 146: One cigarette can be utilized to produce an ordinary ‘bang’ for several persons.|
|Plunder (2005) 243: There was more of a bang beating Blacky into line.|
|Men of the Und. 213: Starting with a reefer, later turning to heroin for a bigger bang.|
|Lead With Your Left (1958) 12: Fast driving gives me a bang.|
|Flesh Peddlers (1964) 182: It’s all waterbugs now, way out. You ever drive one? No? It’s a big bang.|
|Babbitt (1974) 148: I have tried to sketch the Real He-man, the fellow with Zip and Bang.|
7. (US) a handsome man.
|Free To Love 113: The distingué one with the white streak in his hair. Isn’t he a bang?|
8. (US drugs) an inhalant.
|Franklin Favorite (KY) 21 Nov. 17/2: Some slang terms for inhalants are glue, kick, bang, sniff, huff, poppers, whippets and Texas shoe shine.|
(US gay) an active male homosexual.
|(ref. to late 1960s) Queens’ Vernacular 17: The man who fucks in anal intercourse, as opposed to the one who is fucked [...] bang artist (late ’60s).|
see sense 4 above.
for fun, for a thrill.
|Teen-Age Mafia 59: She’d sell them all down the river just for bangs.|
(orig. US) to enjoy, to derive pleasure from, to get a thrill from.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 23: Miss Amelia Bodkin gets quite a bang out of having somebody to take care of.‘Breach of Promise’ in|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 273: I get a bang outa talkin’ to ya.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 33: I hate the movies like poison, but I get a bang imitating them.|
|Corner Boy 153: The crowd got a bang out of that too.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 287: Some people get a bang out of reading their stuff, but I don’t, I get the reverse of a bang, a deathly silence in fact.letter 25 May in Thwaite|
|Beat Generation 12: Some girls get a bang out of violence. They can’t enjoy it if they’re not roughed up.|
|Gay Detective (2003) 106: I do get a bang out of watching.|
|(con. 1940s) Man Walking On Eggshells 106: One time Raymond faked Jimmy all the way up on top of the hood of a parked car. All the guys got a bang out of that.|
|Thief’s Primer 107: Using narcotics as pills, especially if like me you’ve never shot any dope, you get a pretty good bang out of it. You get a pretty good jolt.|
|Gonif 57: What kind of a bang do you get out of this writing.|
|Tales of the City (1984) 31: I don’t get a big bang out of this, you know. It doesn’t thrill me.|
|Brown’s Requiem 21: He got a bang out of that and started to laugh.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 184: Only Beavertail Bigelow [...] didn’t get a bang out of Oleg’s performance.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 87: I got a bang out of watching the two guys patroling the aisles with long bamboo poles to prod the snoring bos awake.|
|Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] ‘He should like that.’ ‘Oh yeah,’ smiled Norton. ‘He’ll get a bang out of this, I guarantee it’.|
(US) to thrill, to amuse, to entertain.
|letter 1 Nov. in Selected Letters (2014) 66: There was one thing though that’ll give you a bang.|
SE in slang uses
any form of firearm.
|Strawberry Soldier 138: A pistol is not a magic bang stick [HDAS].|
|(con. 1968) Citadel (1989) 185: Subcaliber fucking bang-sticks and a couple of measly-assed hand grenades.|
(US) an ambulance.
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 159: Maybe we’d better call the bang wagon.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 48/1: since ca. 1920.|
a highly expressive word, a ‘swear-word’.
|Westminster Gazette 20 Jan. 2/1: When the recipient of a letter has to [...] go in for a comparative analysis of the different letters [...] he is justified in using bang words.|
(Irish) one final drink after ‘time’ has been called.
|Out After Dark 8: A long-suffering publican [...] refused their pleas for ‘a bang of the latch’ – a last quick pint.|
see dry ride under dry adj.1
used of something that goes well, successfully.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Nov. 7/3: This smiling stripling’s elegant intrepidity sheds new lustre on his branch of business. It surpasses all understanding and closes the show with a bang.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 Jun. 14/2: The house-father told the present writer that he had given village-settlements best, after six years’ hard graft, and was making for Gisborne. Go on the land, young man! – and if you go as a village-settler, on 10 acres, you’ll come off it with a loud bang!|
|Carry on, Jeeves 197: ‘Dear old Freddie may have been fluffy in his lines,’ I said, ‘but his business certainly seems to have gone with a bang.’.|