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Sorin F. Ghinescu
Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 12:24:47 PM

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What does this mean? : This brings us bang up to date

I looked up bang up in dictionary:


1. Very good.
2. Inject drugs
3. Lock up in prison.

But this?

Thanks
thar
Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 12:38:52 PM

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It is not 'bang up' together.

It is
bang - completely

up to date - current

Quote:


bang
adverb UK ​ informal

exactly or directly:

The car came to a halt bang in the middle of the road.
I live bang opposite the supermarket.
I turned the corner and walked slap bang into him.
software that is bang (= completely) up to date



it is a colloquial intensifier giving emphasis - 'completely':
eg, snippet news story in London newspaper
Quote:
■ A police officer was given a parking ticket in Nottingham while he helped a disabled man in a wheelchair. A witness said it was ‘bang out of order’. The county council cancelled the fine.


Quote:
up to date
adjective UK ​

B1 modern, recent, or containing the latest information:

We work hard to keep our database up to date.


This piece of software is bang up to date.
We always keep our records up to date.
You can visit the championship website for up-to-date information on the latest scores.
Jackie usually brings me up to date with all the latest gossip.
It's important to keep up to date with the literature in your field.


(to date means to this point, today)

eg, news story in London newspaper
Quote:
■ A POLICE officer was given a parking ticket in Nottingham while he helped a disabled man in a wheelchair. A witness said it was ‘bang out of order’. The county council cancelled the fine.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 4:18:13 PM

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Clearly, a UK expression.
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 4:24:12 AM

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Really?

No American bang on (exactly), bang on time (exactly punctual), bang to rights (caught with proof).


And the one-liner (joke).
BNAG. That's bang out of order.

Whistle
Sorin F. Ghinescu
Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 4:58:55 AM

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Thanks for a very clear explanation!

But now, that "bang to rights" ( caught with proof ) expression, really makes me think I'll never know this language, these expressions are infinite!

Have a good day!
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 9:34:28 AM

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Thanks.

Ah, that's the fun in any language!

d'oh!

Just noticed I repeated the one quote for both words - it was supposed be be a different one, honest!
But I am sure you get the idea of what 'up to date' means.
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 12:18:39 PM

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"I turned the corner and walked slap bang into him."

This example by thar, meaning wholly or completely, is the only one I've ever heard, or used myself in AmE. "Slap bang" was a common expression when I was growing up, but rarely heard today with the exception of some of us "seasoned citizens".
thar
Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 12:30:41 PM

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I also wouldn't have used that as example of bang meaning exactly, completely. I am surprised the dictionary did.
I think they are both there to describe the contact (real or metaphorical) - slap/bang. It is in the wrong place in the sentence for an intensifier.
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