Meaning of bang up in English:

bang up

Translate bang up into Spanish

phrasal verb

informal
  • 1bang someone up, bang up someoneBritish Imprison someone.

    • ‘they've been banged up for something they didn't do’
    • ‘Awaiting trial, they are banged up at Cook County Jail under the tight regime of crooked prison matron Morton (singer Queen Latifah in the mama of all big mama roles).’
    • ‘As quick as you could say ‘Slipper of the Yard’ he was banged up in Belmarsh jail.’
    • ‘The fact that they had only ever spent 10 nights apart - because Paul was banged up in a Japanese police cell for possession of marijuana - is often quoted as the indisputable evidence.’
    • ‘Who could forget Blair's support for the ‘Free Deidre’ campaign, when Corrie favourite Deirdre Barlow was banged up for fraud?’
    • ‘When French tourists are banged up for disciplining their child in a restaurant, or a teacher is sacked for smacking a daughter who plays up in the dentist's waiting room, the message gets useful reinforcement.’
    • ‘The streets are safer now this scum has been banged up’ reported P.C. Agenda.’
    • ‘What is the point of banging him up in prison or a lunatic asylum?’
    • ‘They'd banged me up at just after 1am and they let me out at 5.30 am.’
    • ‘The bag contained a teddy bear, some fruit and some clothes but magistrates had no sympathy and banged him up for 10 days under public nuisance laws.’
    • ‘The hardest thing is getting the lawyers to bang them up so I hope this new terror legislation will help cure some of those ills.’
    • ‘But, whispers a seductive voice, why not bang them up, just to be on the safe side?’
    • ‘It is better, I ruefully think, to enter a state of perpetual frisk for everyone, than to automatically bang poor kids up in the slammer simply because they were themselves afraid.’
    • ‘I hope they catch whoever did this and bang him up for life.’
    • ‘If these allegations were made about me I would be banged up by now.’
    • ‘This gives inmates only an hour in which to shower, play pool, chat and relax, before they are banged up alone again.’
    • ‘Mickey, Danny, Albert, Ash and Stacie return from a well-earned break to discover that old-time grifter Harry Holmes has been banged up.’
    • ‘More than 12,000 British people are banged up like this every year, only to be found not guilty of any crime when their trial finally arrives.’
    • ‘But he had been banged up for a while, and didn't know how to put together the alliances, how to outreach and work with others.’
  • 2bang someone or something up, bang up someone or somethingNorth American Injure someone or something; damage something.

    • ‘I banged my knee up pretty badly’
    • ‘he was banged up in his last game against the Redskins’
    • ‘Gordon banged up his car earlier in the race’