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bang away

To clumsily strike the keys of something, such as a computer or piano. How much longer will your little sister bang away on the piano tonight? I'm getting a headache from all that racket. I can hear my grandmother banging away on the computer right now.
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
References in classic literature ?
She rams down about three times the regular load of powder, takes aim at a big buck that's pretty busy at the torturin', an' bangs away.
A self-described metalhead who bangs away on a double-bass drum kit, Cooper's prized possessions include a black toaster signed by Metallica's Lars Ulrich.
Those simian-like features, the scraps of rational thought you can see flitting across those gleaming little eyes, the twitching expressions of brute pleasure as Phil bangs away on his bongos.
As he bangs away excitedly on his new drum set, it is hard to believe that just three months ago young Cory George was unconscious in hospital.
At practice, Cathy Levanza is ready, and when the buzzer sounds, she draws her gun and bangs away at the five metal targets, which give out a satisfying clang.
Work hours find former New York City Ballet soloist Darla Hoover coaching pointe in the gym, as a pianist bangs away at the foot of the basketball key, and modern dance legend Donald McKayle sending sweat-soaked dancers sliding across a tiny, dark, opera company hall.
As he bangs away at a new script he says is too raw to talk about, he prays that he will never again have to direct a rock video.
The old act of Blair and Brown bangs away about joining the Euro and taking us into a federal super state.