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verb bang pronunciation in British English /bæŋ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebanging
past tensebanged
past participlebanged
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit something hard, making a loud noise

    I banged on the window to get her attention.

    We could hear them banging their drums in the next street.

    bang something on/against something:

    She banged her fists on the back of his seat.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to close with a lot of force, or to close something with a lot of force, making a loud noise

      Don’t bang the door!

      I heard her car door bang shut.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to move, making loud noises

      There was a shutter banging in the wind.

      bang around/away/across:

      Who’s that banging around upstairs?

    3. c.
      [transitive] to put something somewhere with a lot of force, making a loud noise
      bang something on something:

      Sam banged his beer glass on the table.

      bang something down:

      Kathy yelled and then banged the phone down.

      bang something around:

      He banged his tools around angrily.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to knock a part of your body against something when you are moving, especially because you are not looking where you are going
    bang something on something:

    Be careful not to bang your head on that beam.

    bang into:

    She banged into the table and hurt her knee.


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