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damaged goods

1. Literally, products that have become inferior or unsellable as the result of being damaged or impaired in some way. They sold me damaged goods and wouldn't refund my money when I went to return them!
2. A person who is seen as emotionally or psychologically unstable as the result of some traumatic experience. (Possibly derogatory.) Growing up with abusive parents has left me as damaged goods.
3. A person whose reputation has been damaged, corrupted, or tarnished. The young CEO became damaged goods after news of his insider trading spread—now he can't even get a job flipping burgers.
4. dated, derogatory A woman who is considered unmarriageable or otherwise inferior due to having engaged in sexual intercourse before or outside of marriage. I once thought that she was the fairest, purest woman in town, but now that I know she had illicit relations with another man, she is nothing but damaged goods to me.
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damaged goods

A person, especially an unmarried woman who is no longer a virgin, as in A person who has sex before marriage is not considered damaged goods in this day and age . This pejorative expression transfers the reduced value of materials (stock, provisions, etc.) marred in some way to women who have had a sexual experience. [Early 1900s]
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damaged goods

a person who is regarded as inadequate or impaired in some way. informal
2001 Business Week Magazine Although Chirac looks like damaged goods, no other conservative has the stature to make a serious run for the presidency.
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Therefore, if a clean bill of lading is issued by a carrier and the shipped goods by the carrier arrive at the port of discharge damaged, and yet the recipient of the damaged goods does not give written notice to the carrier or his/her representative at the unloading port confirming that the goods are damaged and/or lost, the assumption shall be that the goods arrived at the port of discharge in the conditions set out in the bill of lading (undamaged).
He now hopes Damaged Goods will, through its mix of gritty realism and gallows' humour, gives out an uncompromising anti-dog fighting message.
Check displays and shelves for damaged goods and replace immediately.
The reason is, to repeat the allegation, he is damaged goods.
The clearing up after floods and the manufacturing of replacement furniture and white goods after flood damage and the disposal of the flood damaged goods all add to the environmental damage.
The PalletPal Rotator can be used to rotate fully loaded pallets, replace broken pallets, and switch to or from in-house/shipping pallets, transfer loads to slip sheets, and replace damaged goods at the bottom of a load without the need for manual restacking.
Four out of ten consumers did not know what their rights would be if they bought damaged goods.
Simpson, nevertheless, navigated bumps in fire road, like gritting her teeth through tasteless AIDS jokes and rejoining the dating scene, where many equate HIV positive with damaged goods.
There are some enlightening statistics on how cost of damaged goods directly affects the bottom line.
In addition to these vulnerabilities, the price of steel is in flux, and in order to be fiscally responsible, insurance companies need to find value in the damaged goods that they insure by reselling them.
In the Christian and Islamic traditions, a divorcee is damaged goods, a broken vessel.
In addition to the final season of Queer as Folk (Sunday nights), the premium channel's June pride-lights include the documentaries Same Sex America (June 28), We Are Dad(June 19; see p, 158), and Damaged Goods (June 14), along with the 2004 award-winning original movie Jack (June 19) and the short film Shook (June 28).
UNSALEABLES, WHICH INCLUDE DAMAGED GOODS, EXPIRED OR OUT-OF-DATE PRODUCTS AND SEASONAL MERCHANDISE, COST THE INDUSTRY $2.
The "Families First" program will include a number of improvements including full-replacement value for lost or damaged goods, best-value moves from our carriers and Web-based feedback from our customers.
Although syphilis and gonorrhea had periodically ravaged America throughout the 19th century, the subject was not addressed on stage or screen until 1913, when Eugene Brieux wrote a play called Damaged Goods.