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noun [countable]     bang pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    Sound effect a short loud noise, for example the sound of a door closing with a lot of force. If something goes bang, it makes a noise like this

    There was a loud bang as the shelf hit the floor.

    We could hear the bang of a door in the basement.

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  2. 2
    [singular] American informal a feeling of excitement, or something that gives you this feeling

    The interview was a bang.

    get a bang out of something:

    I really get a bang out of watching the kids perform.

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