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Definition of bang verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bang
    he / she / it bangs
    past simple banged
    -ing form banging
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit something in a way that makes a loud noise bang on something She banged on the door angrily. bang something (with something) The baby was banging the table with his spoon. Thesaurushitknock bang strike bump bashThese words all mean to come against something with a lot of force.hit to come against something with force, especially causing damage or injury:The boy was hit by a speeding car.knock to hit something so that it moves or breaks; to put someone or something into a particular state or position by hitting them/it:Someone had knocked a hole in the wall.bang to hit something in a way that makes a loud noise:The baby was banging the table with his spoon.strike (formal) to hit someone or something hard:The ship struck a rock.bump to hit someone or something accidentally:In the darkness I bumped into a chair.bash (informal) to hit against something very hard:I braked too late and bashed into the car in front of me.Patterns to knock/bang/bump/bash into somebody/something to knock/bang/bump/bash on something to hit/knock/bang/strike/bump/bash something with something to hit/strike the ground/floor/wall
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to close something or to be closed with a loud noise synonym slam A window was banging somewhere (= opening and closing noisily). + adj. The door banged shut behind her. bang something Don't bang the door when you go out!
  3. 3[transitive] bang something + adv./prep. to put something somewhere suddenly and violently synonym slam He banged the money down on the counter. She banged saucepans around irritably.
  4. 4[transitive] bang something (+ adv./prep.) to hit something, especially a part of the body, against something by accident synonym bump She tripped and banged her knee on the desk.
  5. Idioms
    bang/knock your/their heads together (informal)
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    to force people to stop arguing and behave in a sensible way
    beat/bang the drum (for somebody/something)
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    to speak with enthusiasm in support of someone or something She's really banging the drum for the new system.
    Phrasal Verbsbang /aroundbang into somethingbang somethingup
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