from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. directly or immediately
  • adv. in a violent or sudden or noisy manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With a slap and a bang; hence, suddenly; violently; with a sudden noisy dash; headlong; all at once: as, to go slap-bang through the ice or through a window. Also slam-bang.
  • Violent; dashing. Also slam-bang.
  • n. A low eating-house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a violent or sudden or noisy manner
  • adv. directly or immediately


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  • Right slap-bang in the middle of my torso – which apparently, if you're going to have a pain in your chest, is the worst place to have it.

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