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bada-bing, int.

Brit. Hear pronunciation/ˌbadəˈbɪŋ/
U.S. Hear pronunciation/ˌbɑdəˈbɪŋ/
Hear pronunciation/ˌbədəˈbɪŋ/
Hear pronunciation/ˌbædəˈbɪŋ/

α. 1900s– bada-bing-a-bada-bang-a-bada-bing, 1900s– bada-bing-a-bada-bang-a-bada-bing-a, 1900s– bada-bing bada-bang, 1900s– bada-bing bada-bong, 1900s– bada-bong bada-bing.

β. 1900s– bada-bing, 1900s– badda-bing; also with reduplication of the first element or the entire word.

γ. 1900s– bada-bing bada-boom, 1900s– bad a-bing bad a-boom, 1900s– bada-boom bada-bing, 1900s– badda-bing badda-boom, 1900s– badda-boom badda-bing.

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Frequency (in current use):  Show frequency band information
Origin: Of uncertain origin. Perhaps an imitative or expressive formation.
Etymology: Origin uncertain. Perhaps imitative of the sound of a drum roll and cymbal clash (compare boom-boom int.). Perhaps compare Italian bada bene mark well.
slang (originally and chiefly U.S.).

  Suggesting something happening suddenly, emphatically, or easily and predictably; ‘Just like that!’, ‘Presto!’

1965   P. Cooper Italian Wedding in Our Hero (transcription of sound recording of comedy routine) (O.E.D. Archive)    They never let go the envelopes. Ya gotta pull—bada-bing-a-bada-bang-a-bada-bing!
1992   Chicago Tribune (Nexis) 10 May c18   That [baseball] game was as far from a pitcher's duel as you can get. From the start, it was bada-bing, bada-bang, with a clear emphasis on the bang. Leyden scored one run in the first.
1999   Toronto Star (Nexis) 18 Aug.   If marijuana molecules reside in you, bada bing, bada bong, the DNA tells all, so into the slammer you go.
1972   in M. Puzo Godfather (transcribed from film)    You've gotta get up close like this and bada-bing! you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit.
1993   CBS News Transcripts (Nexis) 11 Jan.   It rained and it blew and it snowed and..Badda-bing,..you just couldn't leave the city.
1996   Atlanta Jrnl. & Constit. (Nexis) 2 Aug. 32 s   You might think that finding people of other nations to interview during the Olympics is a simple task. Wander up to some guy who has the national flag of Zimbabwe draped around his shoulders, tap him on the shoulder, and bada-bing, you're in business.
1999   New Yorker (Nexis) 26 Apr. 106/2   Follow the appropriate twelve-step program, demonstrate the requisite stick-to-itiveness, and—badda badda bing—you're rolling in it.
1991   San Diego Tribune 21 Mar. d3/1   Take my rimshot, please: Dom Irrera, specialist in giving lessons on How to Be Italian (‘Badda boom, badda bing!’) headlines the Comedy Isle in the Bahia Hotel tonight.
1992   Vancouver Sun 14 Mar. b7/1   Bill's cousin Vinny is a lawyer and, badda-boom, badda-bing, he arrives with fiancee Lisa..to save the day.
1998   Esquire Jan. 35/2   Nick's guys would tote and plant the drugs themselves, and—badda bing badda boom!—just like that, your home, your car, your land, your guns.
2001   ON 5 Feb. 80/3   There are a half dozen sites that offer postcard-making services... Upload your own photos... Fill in your message, address it and—badabing, badaboom—it's in the mail in less than 24 hours.

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This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, December 2008; most recently modified version published online December 2021).