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bhang

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a preparation of the leaves and flower tops of Indian hemp, which has psychoactive properties: much used in India
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bang

(1)
A common spoken name for "!" (ASCII 33), especially when used in pronouncing a bang path in spoken hackish. In elder days this was considered a CMUish usage, with MIT and Stanford hackers preferring excl or shriek; but the spread of Unix has carried "bang" with it (especially via the term bang path) and it is now certainly the most common spoken name for "!". Note that it is used exclusively for non-emphatic written "!"; one would not say "Congratulations bang" (except possibly for humorous purposes), but if one wanted to specify the exact characters "foo!" one would speak "Eff oh oh bang".

See pling, shriek, ASCII.

bang

(2)
An exclamation signifying roughly "I have achieved enlightenment!", or "The dynamite has cleared out my brain!" Often used to acknowledge that one has perpetrated a thinko immediately after one has been called on it.
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bang

Slang for exclamation point. See bang path.
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And the lads have been banging away at the band - literally - since they were 12.
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"Earnie told me to buy a big truck tyre and a sledgehammer and just keep banging away at it.