Definition of bang adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bæŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//bæŋ//
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  • (informal, especially British English) exactly; completely Our computers are bang up to date. My estimate was bang on target. You’re bang on time, as usual see also slap
  • Word Originmid 16th cent.: imitative, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse bang ‘hammering’.Idioms (British English, informal) used when you say that something you hoped to have or achieve is no longer possible Bang went my hopes of promotion.
    bang to rights (British English) (North American English dead to rights)
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    (informal) with definite proof of having committed a crime, so that you cannot claim to be innocent We've got you bang to rights handling stolen property.
    (informal) to burst or explode with a loud noise; to make a sudden loud noise A balloon suddenly went bang.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bang