Posted by Pamela on November 27, 2007
In Reply to: Jack you up posted by Smokey Stover on November 25, 2007
: : What exactly does "jack you up" mean? For example, "I am going to jack you up!"
: The most common meaning of this phrase, as used in recent slang, would be that indicated in the Urban Dictionary:
: "1. jack you up
: It means that you are fucked, screwed, gonna die. Too bad for you.
: [example:] I will jack you up 'til you bleed to death."
: But context is everything. It can be used to mean make you feel good, or give you energy, or some other positive thing, as in:
: "But coffee, soda, and energy drinks don't just jack you up -- they also totally dehydrate you, leaving you feeling even more worn out when the buzz wears."
: There is also the old-fashioned literal meaning, associated with a device called a jack, used to jack up your car (raise part of it above the ground) so you can work underneath it, or change the tires. However, a carjack is not this device, but rather a highjack of your car as you're sitting in it.
: You have to be guided by context in deciding whether this phrase means to lift you up or knock you down. A wedgie would be a good example of lifting you up while screwing you around.
In Australian union parlance "I'm gonna jack you up" would mean that I'm going to make sure that your ship doesn't leave port (i.e. it will be delayed due to industrial action). I doubt that this is the meaning you are after. I found a hip-hop song called That's Just The Way It Is by 2-Pac, which is about racial harassment by the police. One part of the (very long lyrics) is:
"And still I see no changes can't a brother get a little peace
It's war on the streets & the war in the Middle East
Instead of war on poverty they got a war on drugs
so the police can bother me
And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do
But now I'm back with the blacks givin' it back to you
Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up,
crack you up and pimp slap you up
You gotta learn to hold ya own
they get jealous when they see u with your mobile phone.
But tell the cops they can't touch this
I don't trust this when they try to rush I bust this
That's the sound of my tool you say it ain't cool
my mama didn't raise no fool
And as long as I stay black I gotta stay strapped
& I never get to lay back
'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the pay backs
some buck that I roughed up way back
comin' back after all these years
rat-tat-tat-tat-tat that's the way it is uhh"
Maybe it's related to the carjacking meaning? Pamela