Green’s Dictionary of Slang

whang v.

[SE thong, to flog or lash with a thong, ult. f. ON ßvengja, to secure or fasten with a thong]

1. to hit.

[UK]A York-Shire Dialogue 113: To Whang one, is to beat one.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 252: I sometimes think myself to hang him; / Try first, says hecuba, and whang him.
[UK]Burns The Ordination in Works (1842) 21/1: Nae mair the knaves shall wrang her, For Heresy is in her pow’r, And gloriously she’ll whang her Wi’ pith this day.
[US]‘Artemus Ward’ Artemus Ward, His Book 70: My hart whanged agin my ribs like a old fashioned wheat Flale agin a barn floor.
[UK] N.Y. Sporting Life 15 Apr. 1: Lewis whanged it nicely to centre field.
[US]Sun (NY) 15 May 17/6: When Cyrus stopped [...] to whang him, the bear gave a lunge.
[US]T.J. Hains Mr Trunnell Mate of the Ship ‘Pirate’ Ch. ix: Th’ way that old gal whanged an’ lammed, an’ lammed an’ whanged.
[Aus]J. Furphy Such is Life 215: A’d whang the de’il oot o’ ye baith wi’a stokewhup.
[US]Ade Knocking the Neighbors 88: When Nightfall came they would still be edging around the Ring, whanging away, for each was too Game to be a Quitter.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 31 May [synd. col.] The Duke of Essex Street whanged a table with his fists.
[US]Hecht & Fowler Great Magoo 38: He whangs on the gong. A Gypsy Dancer emerges.
[UK]C. Day Lewis Otterbury Incident 36: He whanged at me with his satchel.
[NZ]G. Slatter Gun in My Hand 99: Maori officer whanging them on the head with his life-jacket to make them attend to his lecture.
[UK]G. Lambert Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 79: Traffic at a standstill and drivers whanging their horns.
[US]J. Wambaugh Glitter Dome (1982) 91: The Weasel reacted by playing bumper cars with the TR-7, whanging the rear of the roadster.
[UK]A. Warner Sopranos 138: The phone wanged the kiosk glass.

2. to throw, drive, pull, shoot etc. with force or with violent impact.

[UK]Beattie Tales 8: My uncle set it to his breast, And whang’d it down [F&H].
[US]Sun (NY) 15 May 17/5: ‘Did you whang at a bear?’ [...] ‘I should say so! And an old snorter he was, I tell you!’.
[US]Ade ‘The New Fable of the Scoffer who Fell Hard’ in Ade’s Fables 253: He whanged away with a Niblick down in a bottomless Pit, caromed on a couple of Oaks, and finally angled off toward the Cup.
[US](con. 1919) Dos Passos Nineteen Nineteen in USA (1966) 498: The car went whanging along.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 249: A geologist named Dr. Robb / Was perturbed by his thingumabob, / So he took up his pick / And whanged off his wick, / And calmly went on with his job.
[UK]K. Amis letter 22 Sept. in Leader (2000) 339: Whang in the gold, old son, whang in the gold.
[US]‘Paul Merchant’ ‘Sex Gang’ in Pulling a Train’ (2012) [ebook] The door whanged open and slammed against the wall.
[UK]H. Livings Nil Carborundum (1963) Act III: Like to see this fat sizzle? [The commando makes a move and then dodges with a yell as Neville coolly whangs a ladle full of hot fat at him].
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 487: Maybe I could whang the Heads through to you now.