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bang away

1. to use the keys of a computer or piano We found this old piano and started banging away.
2. to emphasize something This book bangs away at the seriousness of the situation.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of bang away (to make a loud noise by repeatedly hitting something)
See also: away, bang

bang away

1. 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.
2. 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.
See also: away, bang

bang away

v.
1. To hit something repeatedly, especially loudly or forcefully: He kept banging away on the door even though nobody answered.
2. To play a musical instrument with the hands, often loudly and with little skill: I couldn't get any sleep because my neighbor was banging away on the piano all night.
3. To work diligently and often at length at something: She banged away at the project until she finished it.
See also: away, bang
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Young farriers showed her shoes they had made before her arrival and continued to bang away as she turned her attention to perhaps the most special equine guests, 2001 King George VI Chase winner Florida Pearl and 1993 Melbourne Cup hero Vintage Crop.
And I'm really annoyed that I have to give somebody like Charlie - who does nothing but bang away at Scottish football, bang away at Celtic - any press time at all when he's a negative force.