Bang away



bang away

verb phrase

To fire a gun or guns: The hunters banged away at the fleeing wolf (1840s+)
To attack as if by shooting: The defense kept banging away at the lack of an eye-witness

Contemporary Examples

Watching them bang away at their instruments is worth the look.
Sigur Rós, MGMT & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO) Victoria Kezra August 10, 2013

Historical Examples

Then you could lie down here on the grass and bang away all day.
Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton

Now if you will alter it to suit your judgment and bang away, I shall be eternally obliged.
The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 4, 1886-1900 Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

One of you keep watch on the door, and if they start to open just bang away in the air to tell that we mean business.
The Outdoor Chums on the Lake Quincy Allen

“I knew I shouldn’t get any sympathy from you,” complained Mrs. Bindle, rising and proceeding to bang away the breakfast things.
Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins

You bang away at my clothing all you like, and in return I’ll call you Simpson.
Crowded Out! and Other Sketches Susie F. Harrison

An’ th’ Boers squat behind a bouldher or a three or set comfortable in th’ bed iv a river an’ bang away.
Mr. Dooley’s Philosophy Finley Peter Dunne

When we could see the brown bodies right above our heads I would sit up and bang away.
Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews

The other boys continued to bang away, but soon the escaping game was beyond their reach.
Dave Porter on Cave Island Edward Stratemeyer

When you write him, please tell him to do the best he can and bang away.
The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 3, 1876-1885 Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Strike repeatedly, as in Mary is always banging away on the piano, or The doorbell must be broken; see who is banging away at the door. [ First half of 1800s ]
Also see: bang out
Go ahead; begin or continue. This slangy imperative usually calls merely for energetic action, as in You can start without me—bang away . Also see go to (it) , def. 3.

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