whizz-bang

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Etymology[edit]

From the noise made.

Noun[edit]

whizz-bang (plural whizz-bangs)

  1. (military, slang) Small calibre shell from World War I.
    • 1915, Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That, (1929), Penguin Modern Classics 1960, p. 87:
      Some other new chaps started blazing away too. Fritz retaliated with machine-guns and whizz-bangs. No casualties.