variants or less commonly bible-banger
plural Bible-bangers also bible-bangers
US, informal
: bible-thumper
With such freedoms, temptation is ever present, as the Bible-bangers on Sunday television testify.Peter Ustinov, Saturday Review, 13 Dec. 1975
Theologically, upon his death he would shoot straight to heaven, but I, a Protestant Bible-banger, would need to earn my way over and over again.Susan Campbell, Hartford Courant, 18 Dec. 2001
Bible-banging adjective
or less commonly bible-banging
… a prairie preacher of Wesleyan Methodism, a Bible-banging fundamentalist … Robert S. Anson, Harper's, November 1972
As Carrie's Bible-banging mother, Betty Buckley … must play a scene in which she curses and slaps her poor daughter around … Jack Kroll, Newsweek, 23 May 1988

Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bible-banger was in 1904

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