What does 'twanger' mean in the next sentence from the 'Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix', page 616

To activate the hex, just say “Plunk your magic twanger, Froggie!”

My understanding is that the sentence means something to this effect: To activate the curse, just say "Trow down your magic xxxxxx, Froggie!"

But what does the word 'twanger' mean in this context?


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Thank you all for the comments. Especially to the person who posted the IMDB link.

Turns out there was a show that used the phrase: https://youtu.be/dNXAWx6tW58?t=1232

As you can hear in the video, the Froggie appears with a twanger-sound.

So, in this instance the twanger means this:

The sharp, quick sound of a vibrating tight string, for example, of a bow or a musical instrument.

  • Unable to watch the video now: is your definition an assumption, or is it based on more than correlation?
    – Joachim
    Commented Oct 1, 2022 at 15:21
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    That is the definition of a twang. Presumably a 'twanger' is something that makes a twanging sound. Commented Oct 1, 2022 at 16:26
  • I would strongly advise against saying 'pluck your (or my) twanger' to any English person, since it would quite possibly be misinterpreted. Commented Oct 1, 2022 at 17:56

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