Definition of bang someone/something up in English:

bang someone/something up

phrasal verb

British
informal
  • 1Imprison someone.

    ‘they've been banged up for something they didn't do’
    • ‘Who could forget Blair's support for the ‘Free Deidre’ campaign, when Corrie favourite Deirdre Barlow was banged up for fraud?’
    • ‘But, whispers a seductive voice, why not bang them up, just to be on the safe side?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This gives inmates only an hour in which to shower, play pool, chat and relax, before they are banged up alone again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If these allegations were made about me I would be banged up by now.’
    • ‘I hope they catch whoever did this and bang him up for life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last August a mob-handed police raid whisked them off without any warning and banged them up behind the barbed wire of Harmondsworth detention centre at Heathrow.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mickey, Danny, Albert, Ash and Stacie return from a well-earned break to discover that old-time grifter Harry Holmes has been banged up.’
    1. 1.1North American Damage or injure someone or something.
      ‘he banged up his knee’
      • ‘Defenses increasingly are forcing Jake Delhomme to move the ball and now first-half star Stephen Davis is banged up.’
      • ‘Smoltz missed all of last year after undergoing elbow surgery, Veras blew out a knee and Jordan was banged up most of the second half.’
      • ‘Lakers forward Karl Malone has been banged up and just generally not close to his old self, missing wide-open jumpers and struggling to get into any kind of rhythm.’
      • ‘Oronde Gadsden was banged up, and James McKnight and Dedric Ward are bit players who can have big games on occasion, but neither makes the ‘must stop’ list on opponents' defensive game plans.’
      • ‘The key on defense is health, because key players LB Jessie Armstead and Hamilton have been banged up, and their backups have little experience.’
      • ‘The Cardinals have suffered without LCB Duane Starks all season and Renaldo Hill has been banged up.’
      • ‘I know Angola was banged up, and that obviously was a factor, but we had a lot of guys do some good things.’
      • ‘That means you were banged up badly enough to get sent home, but not permanently hurt.’
      • ‘Numerous starters and key reserves are banged up and missing practice time or games.’
      • ‘RB Eddie George and QB Steve McNair were banged up and looked as though they were aging in dog years.’
      • ‘He thrived late last season when Davis was banged up, and the coaches hope to use Foster more.’
      • ‘When Derrick Brooks was banged up two years ago, that defense was not the same.’
      • ‘He didn't fare as well in his only extended action as a full-time starter in Houston last season, but the Texans' offensive line and QB David Carr were banged up.’
      • ‘Right now, I banged my knee up pretty badly and I have a back problem.’
      • ‘Upon being helped from the vehicle, Smathers, whose knees had been banged up in the crash, collapsed to the ground.’
      • ‘They were left with no running game, and their defense was banged up.’
      • ‘Yes, Romeo Crennel has some work to do and his team is banged up.’
      • ‘The Aggies weren't horrible even though they were banged up in 2002, going 6-6 with two of the losses in overtime and two others by a touchdown or less.’
      • ‘Does it seem like a lot of baseball teams are banged up?’
      • ‘That has changed in recent weeks as Foster emerged while Davis was banged up.’