bang on

1 of 2

adjective

chiefly British
: exactly correct or appropriate

bang on

2 of 2

verb

banged on; banging on; bangs on

intransitive verb

British, informal
: to talk repeatedly or continuously about something
usually used with about
I love fatherhood—I could bang on about kids forever.Guy Ritchie

Examples of bang on in a Sentence

Adjective a London theatre critic who can generally be relied upon for his bang on assessments of new plays in the West End
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Aside from the flattering, volume-boosting cut, her all-over color is also bang on trend, with brunette tones becoming increasingly popular over the past few months. María Quiles, Vogue, 13 Jan. 2024 Purples and blues look modern and futuristic, while orange and reds are bold (but bang on trend). Elle Turner, Glamour, 16 Jan. 2024 If the girls cried, militants would bang on the door of the room where she was being held. Doha Madani, NBC News, 18 Dec. 2023 An hour later, there was a bang on the wall of their bomb shelter, Amir Tibon said. Gabby Sobelman, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2023 Elsewhere in the city, Kelly Rowland made a bang on the red carpet while attending the 16th annual Harlem’s Fashion Row Fashion Show & Style Awards at the iconic Apollo Theater. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Sep. 2023 Grylls had to show up bang on time or miss the ride, all while keeping the meeting a secret from Cumberbatch. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 16 July 2023 And those folks, while not always correct, are often frighteningly bang on. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2023 An example: When Pete didn’t quickly answer his texts or calls, the neighbor would come to our house, peer through our windows, yell and bang on the door. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 27 July 2023
Verb
Just that basic knowledge got me pretty close, and no doubt there are a handful of other factors that, when accounted for, get this much closer if not bang on the right number. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2012 Early on a Monday morning, U.S. marshals, heavily armed, backed up by three other police agencies, bang on Brunner’s door, get no answer, then break the door down. Raquel Rutledge, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2022 There are no words at halftime of the homecoming game, no sounds other than an occasional shout or a bang on a locker. The Indianapolis Star, 13 Oct. 2022 Of course, the Astros later were found to be using a live video feed to steal signals and bang on a trash can to alert hitters during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Matt Young, Chron, 13 Sep. 2021 Those who visited the coffeehouse would hasten from the main street down the alley and bang on the door until someone let them in. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 People surged past a few Capitol Police officers to bang on the windows and doors. Dan Barry, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Jan. 2021 The man is said to arrive late to prayer and bang on windows and not wear a face mask. cleveland, 4 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1943, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bang on was in 1943

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“Bang on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bang%20on. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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