bang-up

[ bang-uhp ]
/ ˈbæŋˌʌp /

adjective Informal.

excellent; extraordinary.

Origin of bang-up

First recorded in 1800–10; adj. use of verb phrase bang up

Definition for bang up (2 of 2)

Origin of bang

1
1540–50; 1930–35 for def 5; compare Old Norse banga to beat, hammer, Low German bangen to strike, beat, German dialect banken; perhaps orig. imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for bang up (1 of 4)

bang up


verb

(tr, adverb) prison slang to lock up (a prisoner) in his or her cell, esp for the night

British Dictionary definitions for bang up (2 of 4)

bang

1
/ (bæŋ) /

noun

verb

adverb

Word Origin for bang

C16: from Old Norse bang, banga hammer; related to Low German bangen to beat; all of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for bang up (3 of 4)

bang

2
/ (bæŋ) /

noun

a fringe or section of hair cut straight across the forehead

verb (tr)

to cut (the hair) in such a style
to dock (the tail of a horse, etc)

Word Origin for bang

C19: probably short for bangtail short tail

British Dictionary definitions for bang up (4 of 4)

bang

3
/ (bæŋ) /

noun

a variant spelling of bhang
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Word Origin and History for bang up

bang


v.

1540s, "to strike hard with a loud blow," from a Scandinavian sourse akin to Old Norse banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin. Slang meaning "have sexual intercourse with" first recorded 1937. Bang-up "excellent, first-rate," 1820, probably shortened from phrase bang up to the mark. The noun is recorded from late 16c.

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

[T.S. Eliot, "Hollow Men," 1925]
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Medicine definitions for bang up

Bang

[ băng, bäng ]
Bernhard Lauritz Frederik 1848-1932

Danish veterinarian who discovered Brucella abortus, the agent of brucellosis in cattle and of undulant fever in humans.
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Idioms and Phrases with bang up (1 of 2)

bang up


Damage, injure, as in Banging up the car a second time will make Dad very unhappy, or Mother fell down the stairs and was all banged up. The verb to bang alone had this meaning from the 1500s on, up being added in the late 1800s. In the early 1800s it gave rise to the colloquial adjective bang-up, for excellent or very successful, as in David did a bang-up job baking the birthday cake.

Idioms and Phrases with bang up (2 of 2)

bang


In addition to the idioms beginning with bang

  • bang away
  • bang for the buck
  • bang into
  • bang one's head against
  • bang out
  • bang up

also see:

  • beat (bang) one's head against the wall
  • get a bang out of
  • go over big (with a bang)
  • more bang for the buck
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