damaged goods

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damaged goods (ˈdæmɪdʒd)
 
n
1.  a person considered to be less than perfect psychologically, as a result of a traumatic experience
2.  a person, esp a public figure, whose reputation has been damaged

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Main Entry:  damaged goods1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  merchandise that has been damaged or impaired or has grown inferior
Main Entry:  damaged goods2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a person who is impaired, corrupted, or defiled
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Idioms & Phrases

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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