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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WHIZ

Then wielding the sword aloft, he made it whiz past Mr. Landor's neck.

A flash—a report—and the whiz of a bullet told him that he was observed.

He was about to go on to say that he wondered if he would be caught at all, when—whiz!

The other ferry-boats have a comical appearance as they whirl and whiz past us.

They had not gone many hundred yards before I heard the whiz of a bullet.

Bang went the gun, whiz went the rocket, almost at the same moment.

The school shivered as they saw it whiz straight for the weak point.

We had not gained more than a hundred yards when the whiz of an arrow met our ears.

You should have heard me whiz, and seen the electric fur fly!

And each of the seven lifted up his voice and said, It is a whiz.

WORD ORIGIN

"clever person," 1914, probably a special use of whiz "something remarkable" (1908), an extended sense of whizz; or perhaps a shortened form of wizard. Noun phrase whiz kid is from 1930s, a take-off on a radio show's quiz kid.

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