Explanation of “an informal sleep over bang up bash for any who wanted to stay”

The exact quote is

After my wedding I was ill and missed most of my reception, an informal sleep over bang up bash for any who wanted to stay. When I felt well enough to join the party it was over. The only ones still awake, waiting to warm over the dinner I had missed that they saved for me, was my new Mama and Papa.


  • You can look up "sleep over", "bang up", and "bash" and probably get the meaning. – John Feltz Jul 25 '18 at 19:54
  • I can’t get the meaning albeit knowing the individual words’ meaning – Ahmad Moustafa Jul 25 '18 at 19:57
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    punctuation: an informal sleepover, bang-up bash. – Lambie Jul 25 '18 at 20:49

We can figure out most of it from context.

  • A wedding reception is a type of party held after a wedding.
  • Bash is another word for party.
  • The party was for "any who wanted to stay", or in other words open to everyone.
  • A "sleep over" means an overnight event.
  • "Bang up" is British for excellent.

So the author was ill and missed the post-wedding party, which was informal, overnight, excellent, and open to all.

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    There might have been an implicit restriction on the guest list: "open to all [who attended the wedding]". – Jasper Jul 26 '18 at 0:48
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    @Jasper Good point. I suspect that Mr. Moustafa was mostly checking to see if this unusual phrase held special meaning. As far as I can tell, it's just a bit of wordplay. Hopefully we cleared that up! – user11628 Jul 26 '18 at 14:59

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