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Right now, I'm reading the Japanese translation of Catcher in the Rye.

This sentence has been puzzling me:

奴さん、ジャガーをもってやがんだよ。

I know that the author is saying that his brother owns a Jaguar, but I'm not sure what 「やがんだ」 means exactly.

So my question is: How is やがんだ used and when is it used?

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This is a colloquial contraction of 〜てやがる+んだ, from 〜て+いやがる+のだ. Holden thinks that his brother is a big phony because he has a Jaguar, and he's expressing his negative attitude toward that with 〜てやがる.

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