- 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 working together; squad; shift: a gang of laborers.
- 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.
Origin of gang1
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- to walk or go.
Origin of gang2
Examples from the Web for gang
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Gang tattoos are still inked onto his face, like scarlet letters.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Brooklyn musician Bobby Shmurda, whose ‘Shmoney Dance’ went viral, was arrested today on ‘gang conspiracy’ charges, police said.Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested at New York’s Notorious Quad Studios
December 17, 2014
Gang warlords, locked down in Super Maxes like Pelican Bay pass on instructions to thousands of followers.
The whole purpose of the gang is to generate money for its incarcerated leaders.
But no doubt the gang had thought caution to be the better part of hate.Way of the Lawless
"And that's why she's here now with a gang of crooks," he retorted.
Then, when you get in with the right people, you will open the front door some night and let in the gang.
I want to be sure to give the Turner woman time to get here while that gang is at work.
If you're caught here to-night, where would you get off—caught here with a gang of burglars?
- 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
- Scot to go
- a variant spelling of gangue
Word Origin and History for gang
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.
Idioms and Phrases with gang
In addition to the idiom beginning with gang
- gang up
- like gangbusters