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    banged-up car

    Hi

    Does "banged-up car" mean a bad car, a jalopy?

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    Re: banged-up car

    The car may run perfectly fine, but it has dents and scratches. It's clearly been hit or has hit other things.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: banged-up car

    bang = strike violently

    I've banged into the doorpost and hurt my arm.
    The car banged against the garage door and damaged it.
    This car looks as if it's been banged about.
    He banged up his car in the race.

    «banged-up car»

    Walter had bought a bang-up car!
    His colleagues were so jealous

    Bayonne man accused of stealing banged-up car from Jersey City pound | NJ.com

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