https://www.duolingo.com/HubertTybus

"to get jacked up" meaning.

“Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22"

Is it a light way to say "to f up something", or "to smash something", or "to have fun by destroying/beating something" ?

March 11, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheShadowBroker

In the United States the phrase has 2 meanings:

  1. Something has been broken, or something barely works (My computer is jacked up = My computer doesn't work)

  2. To get excited, or enthusiastic. This one fits the example that you gave in the post

This phrase is not very common, but it is still used so you should definitely take note

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LangForThought

Well I just read the story, and it sounds like the kid was literally "jacked" up, like put on a stepping-stool or something since he's so short, cause, you know, 4 year olds.

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

'Jacked-up' normally means 'raised using a jack' (an hydraulic device for prizing heavy objects off the ground—'we jacked up the car to change the wheel'). I always assumed that the use of it as 'excited' was just a figurative extension of this. However, I've never heard it used to mean 'literally raised' with regard to people (unless they are literally sitting on a jack). In the context of the article, it is certainly being used figuratively.

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TheShadowBroker

Yeah I definitely would say this is the first time i've seen Jacked up used in the way it is in the article, but i'm certain it means to be excited in that context

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Capt.Picard

I am in accord with your determination on this matter.

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TheShadowBroker

Ah, Captain Jean-luc Picard! As Emperor of Nilfgaard, I must humbly share that i respect you and your leadership skills.

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Capt.Picard

The respect is mutual; I assure you.

Are we in the same dimension?

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/HubertTybus

Thank You guys. That's why I like Duolingo, You ain't got to wait all day for the answer. In this case 4 minutes :D

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TheShadowBroker

I always enjoy explaining slang and weird expressions to foreigners. English has a lot of it

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/HubertTybus

Well, I would have said, I've got a lot of stuff for You :D

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TheShadowBroker

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March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/HubertTybus

At Your service =]

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JackyDW

You'll mostly hear this in American urban centers. It can mean "broken," "excited," or "under the influence of [drugs, alcohol]."

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LangForThought

I've never heard of this phrase, and I have no idea what it means. Where did you hear it?

March 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Capt.Picard

This is the relevant passage:

  • She appeared to brag about how excited her son gets around guns in a comment posted on Facebook a day before the accident. “Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22,” Gilt wrote.

The woman says that her 4 year old gets very excited about target shooting with the .22(a small rifle). Ironically, she was probably more excited than the 4 year old when he shot her in the back the next day.

March 11, 2016
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