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slam-bang (not comparable)

  1. (onomatopoeia) Noisy, raucous.
    • 1959, Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King, 1996 Penguin Classics edition, →ISBN, page 173,
      At a signal from Horko's box there was an all-out, slam-bang, grand salute of the guns and with it a pounding of the deep liquid bass drums.
    • 2001, V. C. Andrews, Cinnamon, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 188,
      Their arguments weren't pleasant to hear or to watch, but they weren't yet having the all-out, slam-bang quarrels they would have when I was older.
    • 2003, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Christmas, Present, HarperCollins, →ISBN, page 2,
      Fifteen years of marriage in full would cry out for a slam-bang celebration.
  2. Violent, forceful
    • 1932, P. G. Wodehouse, "Monkey Business",
      "If you had led the rough, tough, slam-bang, every-man-for-himself life I have, you wouldn't be frightened of gorillas...."
    • 2000, Linda Parent Lesher, The Best Novels of the Nineties: A Reader's Guide, McFarland & Company, →ISBN, page 99
      Temporary Agency begins with a tale of demonic possession and adolescent crushes and ends with a slam-bang, all-out global confrontation between the forces of good and evil.
    • 2004, Lindsey Davis, Scandal Takes a Holiday, Mysterious Press, →ISBN, page 4,
      The boy seemed streetwise yet clearly unaware that this was an officer whose slam-bang interrogation methods were a legend.
    • 2007, John Dunning, The Bookwoman's Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Novel, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 2
      The waiter took my order, a slam-bang something with eggs and pancakes: enough cholesterol to power the whole state of Idaho.
  3. Impressive, exciting.
    • 1961, Joseph Heller, Catch-22, chapter 2,
      "I'm a real, slam-bang, honest-to-goodness, three-fisted humdinger. I'm a bona fide supraman."
    • 2004 March 18–24, Jack Harvey (pseudonym), "Once Again, Oscar Is King Of The Rings", in The Onion, available in Embedded in America, →ISBN, page 114,
      After this slam-bang production, the next is sure to be a huge letdown.
    • 2005, John Reed, The Whole, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 43,
      An eentsy-weentsy office with a slam-bang T1 connection that she couldn't figure out how to hook up to her slam-bang computer that she couldn't figure out how to plug in.


slam-bang (not comparable)

  1. Shot or hit with a noise
    • 19th cent., Robert Montgomery Bird, Nick of the Woods, 1967 Rowman & Littlefield edition, →ISBN, page 48,
      Well! as soon as I jumped out of his way, bang went his piece, and bang went another, let fly by an Injun;—down went the Major, shot right through the hips, slam-bang.


slam-bang (plural slam-bangs)

  1. (onomatopoeia) Noisy activity.
    • 2005, Monica Wood, Any Bitter Thing: A Novel, Chronicle Books, →ISBN, page 71,
      From far down the hall came the staccato notes of a new term, the slam-bang of teachers flinging open cabinets, filling trash cans, stapling lists to bulletin boards, dragging desks into optimistic configurations.
    • 1985, Paul Theroux, "Introduction", to, Henry James, What Maisie Knew, Penguin Classics, →ISBN, page 13,
      But James in describing the slam-bang of her upbringing has given us every reason for her turning out crazy, vengeful or anti-social.