a group or band: A gang of boys gathered around the winning pitcher.
a group of youngsters or adolescents who associate closely, often exclusively, for social reasons, especially such a group engaging in delinquent behavior.
a group of people with compatible tastes or mutual interests who gather together for social reasons: I'm throwing a party for the gang I bowl with.
a group of persons associated for some criminal or other antisocial purpose: a gang of thieves.
a set of tools, electronic components or circuits, oars, etc., arranged to work together or simultaneously.
a group of identical or related items.
to arrange in groups or sets; form into a gang: to gang illustrations for more economical printing on one sheet.
to attack in a gang.
to form or act as a gang: Cutthroats who gang together hang together.
gang up on, Informal. (of a number of persons) to unite in opposition to (a person); combine against: The bigger boys ganged up on the smaller ones in the schoolyard.
Other definitions for gang (2 of 2)
to walk or go.
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How to use gang in a sentence
I thought if I did so, by throwing the rope over the organ, I might set it ganging, and that would spoil the job.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events | S. Baring-Gould
During this time, I never sterr'd a foot, but keepit keeking frae the back shop upon a' that was ganging on.
I have heard of a thing they call Doomsday Book—I am clear it has been a rental of back-ganging tenants.Red Gauntlet | Sir Walter Scott
They were everywhere, stabbing and diving, slashing at the bombers and ganging up on the fighters.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin | Al Avery
Flinging the stuff away with a grimace, he rinsed his hand and cut off the ganging with his knife.Jim Spurling, Fisherman | Albert Walter Tolman
British Dictionary definitions for gang (1 of 3)
a group of people who associate together or act as an organized body, esp for criminal or illegal purposes
an organized group of workmen
a herd of buffaloes or elks or a pack of wild dogs
NZ a group of shearers who travel to different shearing sheds, shearing, classing, and baling wool
a series of similar tools arranged to work simultaneously in parallel
(as modifier): a gang saw
to form into, become part of, or act as a gang
(tr) electronics to mount (two or more components, such as variable capacitors) on the same shaft, permitting adjustment by a single control
- See also gang up
- ganged, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for gang (2 of 3)
Scot to go
British Dictionary definitions for gang (3 of 3)
a variant spelling of gangue
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Other Idioms and Phrases with gang
In addition to the idiom beginning with gang
- gang up
- like gangbusters
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