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bang up (not comparable)
- (idiomatic, often hyphenated) Good, superior, excellent.
- He's doing a bang up job.
bang up (third-person singular simple present bangs up, present participle banging up, simple past and past participle banged up)
- (transitive, informal) To damage.
- He banged up his new car last night.
- (transitive, informal) To put someone in prison, or into their individual cell.
- Synonym: dub up
- He was so drunk that the police banged him up for the night.
- 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques”, in RAIL, number 947, page 56:
- A combination of having too many plates spinning, ill-health, being banged up for debt (1822-23) and bankruptcy all served to impede James' progress, although the Central Junction Railway - a 16-mile horse-drawn tramway between Stratford and Moreton (Gloucestershire) - did materialise in 1826.
- In all senses the object of this verb may appear before or after the particle up. However, if the object is a pronoun, then it is placed before the particle.
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