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Bang for one's buck an informal US expression meaning value for money; the phrase was notably used in 1954 as a slogan for the defence policy advocated by the American industrialist Charles E. Wilson, ‘A bigger bang for a buck’.

bang goes sixpence ironic commentary on regretted expenditure, deriving from a cartoon in Punch of 5 December 1868, featuring a miserly Scotsman. The caption read: ‘a had na' been the-erre abune Twa Hoours when—Bang—went Saxpence!’


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