Definition of wham-bam in English:

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Characterized by quick or violent action: Hollywood wanted a wham-bam end to the plot



informal Used in reference to sexual activity conducted roughly and quickly, without tenderness: ‘Men only want one thing’, she’d wept. ‘Wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am’
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  • 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.


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

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