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pimp (2) | pimp out American English

Meaning: to customize or renovate something; to make something flashier or more appealing

For example:

  • Hey, check it out! Jay's pimped his car. Let's get him to take us for a ride.

  • I'm gonna pimp out my room in college. I'll get a coupla lamps and some pix and some other stuff to make it look cool.

Origin: This new meaning of the verb "to pimp" first appeared as part of black American slang in the eighties and nineties, and then became more widely-known after its use in MTV's car-detailing show "Pimp My Ride".

Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

If Bobby's going to pimp his car, he's going to
  1. rent it out
  2. customize it
  3. sell it

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