: having a sudden, forceful, or attention-grabbing effect : punchy
bang-bang headlines
: executed or happening so quickly as to make judgment (as by an umpire or referee) difficult
a bang-bang play at first base
: characterized by violent or fast-paced action
a bang-bang movie

Examples of bang-bang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other times, a bullpen blunder or bang-bang play on the bases. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 No 9-year-old will remember, as an adult, being safe or out on a bang-bang play at first. Dan Gelston, Anchorage Daily News, 9 June 2023 All those bang-bang plays on the bases just got a little more interesting. Jay Cohen, ajc, 20 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bang-bang was in 1911

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“Bang-bang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bang-bang. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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