I thought if I did so, by throwing the rope over the organ, I might set it ganging, and that would spoil the job.
And mony, mony mair were coming and ganging, a' as busy in their vocation as if they had been alive.
They have reached the "ganging" period, and so must have some form of organization.
But for ganging to Carloisle, he's dead foundered, man, as cripple as Eckie's mear.'
"Your honour is ganging to gang nae sic gate," said Caleb, firmly.
I will lay the burden of my life,” she instantly added, “that he is ganging our gate.
Patches of fog were ganging around with irritating persistency, as if bent on following and hampering the Bolero's movements.
Now ye are determined on ganging there the morn, and I am determined on accompanying you, since you will go.
Grasping a ganging well above the hook, he held the fish up for Percy's inspection.
Ye never kend of ony o' them ganging to the spring, as they behoved to ca' the stinking well yonder.
from Old English gang "a going, journey, way, passage," and Old Norse gangr "a group of men, a set," both from Proto-Germanic *gangaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Danish, Dutch, Old High German, German gang, Old Norse gangr, Gothic gagg "act of going"), from PIE root *ghengh- "to step" (cf. Sanskrit jangha "shank," Avestan zanga- "ankle," Lithuanian zengiu "I stride"). Thus not considered to be related to go.
The sense evolution is probably via meaning "a set of articles that usually are taken together in going" (mid-14c.), especially a set of tools used on the same job. By 1620s this had been extended in nautical speech to mean "a company of workmen," and by 1630s the word was being used, with disapproving overtones, for "any band of persons traveling together." Gangway preserves the original sense of the word, as does gangplank.
1856, from gang (n.). Related: Ganged; ganging. To gang up (on) is first attested 1919.