bang up



  • adjective
    (written as bang-up)
    excellent, exciting. The term occurred particularly in campus usage in the later 1990s, but was also recorded in British slang in the early 19th century where it was a shortening of phrases such as ‘bang up to the mark’.
  • verb to inject oneself (with heroin or another hard drug). One of many drug-users’ terms with overtones of bravado. Popular in Britain in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
  • verb to imprison, shut away. A working-class, police and prisoners’ term.