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Could you explain "bang" and "haif-assed" in the text below?

Here's an extract from The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger;

They each had their own room and all. They were both around seventy
years old, or even more than that. They got a bang out of things, though--in
a haif-assed way, of course. I know that sounds mean to say, but I don't
mean it mean.

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Base language: English
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    Hello Saieed Gharaati. How are you?

    Bang out of... refers to getting excitement out of life.

    Half-Assed, refers to a modest effort. In English one commonly sees references to people doing something, or performing some task, with a less than complete effort, or with less than an enthusiastic effort. Thus it is said; "If you are going to do something Half-Assed, don't do it at all."

    The older gentlemen in the Salinger story, have a mild excitement or a Half-Assed excitement.
    ---Warm Regards, Bruce

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