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verb bang pronunciation in British English /bæŋ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebanging
past tensebanged
past participlebanged
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  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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