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damaged goods

noun (informal)
a person considered to be less than perfect psychologically, as a result of a traumatic experience
a person, esp a public figure, whose reputation has been damaged
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  • I will not be thrown upon his generosity like a bundle of damaged goods.

    The Sign Of The Red Cross

    Evelyn Everett-Green
  • I'll never get over thinking what a pity it is that girl is damaged goods.

    Kindred of the Dust

    Peter B. Kyne
  • "damaged goods," Jarvis laughed, with a rare attempt at a joke.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • No young man who sees "damaged goods" will ever be the same again.

    Damaged Goods Upton Sinclair
  • Therein lies the superiority of "damaged goods" to most scientific treatises.

Contemporary definitions for damaged goods

a person who is impaired, corrupted, or defiled's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for damaged goods

damaged goods

noun phrase

A woman who is not a virgin: Once they find out I have kids, they think of me as used goods (1910+)

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Idioms and Phrases with damaged goods

damaged goods

A person, especially an unmarried woman who is no longer a virgin, as in A person who has sex before marriage is not considered damaged goods in this day and age. This pejorative expression transfers the reduced value of materials (stock, provisions, etc.) marred in some way to women who have had a sexual experience. [ Early 1900s ]
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