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    Jacked up

    Jacked up - not proper (question)
    Is “jacked up” American slang only, and not English, is it slang at all?

    Thank you

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    Re: Jacked up

    Context?

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    Re: Jacked up

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Context?





    Let me ask you a question.


    Just us.


    How did you...


    ...pull it back together
    after what happened to you?


    You don't.


    I'm sorry.


    - No, no.
    - Jacked-up question, man.


    It's a fair question. You...


    You become someone else.


    A stranger.


    You must have loved him very much.


    Yeah.


    Sometimes that just makes it harder,
    you know. You just wish you didn't.


    So, come on, some more cop stuff.


    - Or are we done?
    - No, l... We're good.


    Thanks.

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    Re: Jacked up

    I think my question was one of those jacked-up questions.

    It’s good to know whether slang you came across in American English you could also use in Great Britain. Like flossing which apparently means also “showing off” in America and not known in the UK (as “showing off” of course).
    Last edited by goingtocalifornia; 19-Jun-2011 at 13:58.

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    Re: Jacked up

    I've not come across it in BrE. It sounds good, though.

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    Re: Jacked up

    Jacked up also means being on some kind of drug that makes you wired.

    What was wrong with him?
    -Oh he was all jacked up on coke.

    It's not unknown but it isn't one of the really popular expressions as far as I know, in Canada that is.

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    Re: Jacked up

    The verb "to jack up" was used in the 70s to mean "to inject heroin".

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    Re: Jacked up

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The verb "to jack up" was used in the 70s to mean "to inject heroin".
    Interesting, I'd never heard of that. I've heard "to shoot up".

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    Re: Jacked up

    Both were used in BrE.

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    not a teacher

    "jacked up"--messed up, broken, damaged

    Like flossing which apparently means also “showing off” in America
    No. The only meaning I have ever heard for "flossing" is the dental hygiene one.

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