Definition of wham bam in English:

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wham bam

exclamation

informal Used to express the idea of a sudden or dramatic occurrence or change of events: Wham bam!—we were sitting in a wreck at the foot of the cliff

Phrases

wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am

informal Used in reference to sexual activity conducted roughly and quickly, without tenderness.
Example sentences
  • Paul and Mary fall gently and genuinely in love with one another, much to the displeasure of Tip, who knows every intimate detail of Paul's sexual history as a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am kind of guy.
  • Renditions of ‘Watch That Man,’ ‘Let's Spend the Night Together’ and ‘Suffragette City’ are just as hot - clearly, this band is going out not with a whimper but a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am.
  • I want to make the reader feel that these two people really care about each other deeply rather than just, you know, wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am kind of thing.

Origin

1950s (as wham-bang): from wham + bam or the verb bang1.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: wham bam

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